Antique Archaeological Revival lapis lazuli and 18-carat gold necklace, circa 1870
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Mid-Victorian jewellery is epitomised by this lapis lazuli gold collar. Historical revivalism, particularly of ancient Italy, Greece, Egypt and – possibly in this case – Sumeria, was the height of fashion.
I’ve included a photo of the jewellery worn by Sumeria’s Queen Pu Abi in about 2500 BC, now in the collection of the British Museum. It’s from one of my reference books, A History of Jewels by J Anderson Black.
Classically inspired pieces like this work so well with modern jewellery. The symmetry and repetition of motifs are typical of this period – about 1860 to 1880.
This necklace was probably made in western Europe, possibly by a known maker – though not to me.
It comes in a fitted box from Hancocks Jewellers in London’s Burlington Arcade and was sold by them about 20 or 30 years ago – shown by the age of the box.
It’s a type of necklace they could have sold from new. Hancocks have a tradition of selling antique, revival and art jewellery.
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• Handmade in 18-carat yellow gold
• Adorned with 40 lapis lazuli spheres
• Approximately 16 1/4 inches (41cm) long
• Each drop is approximately 2cm long
• Weight is 15.6 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Comes in a fitted box from Hancocks of London
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