Art Deco Sterling Carnelian + Marcasite Necklace/Earring Set
A beautiful necklace and earring set from the late Art Deco (ca1930) era! Crafted in sterling silver, this matching set is comprised of gorgeous carnelian and marcasite links, which combine to create a stunning Deco design. The carnelian stones are polished into a convex shape, and are prong-set at the center of rectangular frames. They exhibit a rich, burnt orange sienna color that comes alive next to the darkened patina on the silver. Sparkling marcasite stones, fine milgrain detail, and decorative cutout links add further beauty to the already gorgeous design!
The necklace features a row of alternating links that meet at a simple spring ring clasp in the back. When worn, the piece drapes beautifully along the neckline, with an elongated centerpiece that dangles freely at the middle. The overall effect makes quite a dramatic statement!
The matching earrings hang below toppers with a feminine bow motif. Delicate marcasites dot the surface of the "ribbon," and simple posts and earring backs are found on the reverse. When worn, the earrings frame the face beautifully, and swing with lovely movement. Throughout the set, there are "STERLING" purity marks found on the back of each carnelian link, and stamped on the necklace's spring ring clasp. Whether worn individually or displayed as set, these versatile accessories would make a gorgeous addition to any Art Deco collection!
Measurements: The necklace measures approximately 18.5" in total length. The pendant hangs about 1 5/8" long, a little more than 1/2" wide, and 1/4" thick. Each earring measures 1 7/8" long, a little more than 1/2" wide and 1/4" thick. The rectangular carnelian links throughout the set measure approximately 1" wide, a little more than 1/2" tall, and are 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace and earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver setting. The carnelian and marcasite stones are all intact and securely set. The spring ring clasp and earring posts are secure and in good working condition.