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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Necklet

ca. 1760 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This necklace would have fitted closely around the neck like a choker. Very sophisticated imitation jewellery was made in Europe in the 18th century, and it was sold by many of the leading jewellers. Before Australian opals became accessible, the opal was a rare stone. Here its shimmering beauty was achieved by setting a pink foil beneath a milky blue glass.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Necklet
  • Pendant
Materials and Techniques
Opaline and colourless pastes set in silver openwork
Brief Description
Silver necklace of hinged panels, each a delicate openwork pattern, set with opaline and colourless pastes, made in France, about 1760
Physical Description
Silver necklace of hinged panels, each a delicate openwork pattern of a flower curling around a ribbon, set with opaline and colourless pastes (glass). With central drop pendant in the form of a bow and two loops for a ribbon tie.
Dimensions
  • Length: 31cm
  • With pendant width: 9cm
  • Depth: 0.74cm
Credit line
Given by Dame Joan Evans
Subjects depicted
Summary
This necklace would have fitted closely around the neck like a choker. Very sophisticated imitation jewellery was made in Europe in the 18th century, and it was sold by many of the leading jewellers. Before Australian opals became accessible, the opal was a rare stone. Here its shimmering beauty was achieved by setting a pink foil beneath a milky blue glass.
Collection
Accession Number
M.159-1975

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record createdJanuary 21, 2003
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