Art Deco Sterling Guilloché Enamel, Natural Pearl + Marcasite Necklace
Guilloché (usually "Guilloche" in English) is an engraving technique in which a very precise, intricate pattern is mechanically etched in an underlying material with very fine detail. Most commonly, the Guilloché surface is then enameled and the repetitive, intricate design shows through the colorful enamel.
A gorgeous Guilloché enamel necklace from the Art Deco (ca1920) era! This intricate sterling silver piece is comprised of a round pendant, adorned with Guilloché enamel, hanging from a decorative chain. The pendant boasts a iridescent violet colored enameled surface with a series of rays that fan out from the center. Resting on top of the Guilloché background is a single natural pearl in a box setting, which is riveted onto the back. A beautifully scalloped border encircles the enamel, boasting an alternating pattern of sparkling marcasite stones and natural pearls in a wonderful wirework design. The pearls have a beautiful, rich color and a high luster surface that perfectly compliments the sparkling marcasite stones. The chain features four oval-shaped plaques, which are decorated on both sides with a matching Guilloché enamel design. A diamond-shaped accent shimmers at the center of each link. The delicate chain is secured by a spring ring clasp at the back, which is stamped "STERLING." When worn, it hangs prominently just above the collarbone. The necklace looks beautiful when worn and would make a gorgeous addition to any collection!
Measurements: The chain measures 16.75" in total length. The pendant hangs about 1 3/8" in total length (including the bail at the top), measures approximately 1 1/4" in diameter, and is a little less than 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver setting. The natural pearls and marcasite stones are intact and securely set. There is very minor damage to the enamel on one side of the oval shaped links on the chain, and the center accent appears to be missing, however it is not noticeable when worn. The spring ring clasp fastens securely and is in good working condition. There is a patina on the surface of the silver setting, which is a normal characteristic of jewelry from this time period.