Edwardian Cat's Eye Negligée Necklace
CATCH THEIR EYE
Through the ages, fashion dictated jewellery trends. The lowered neckline of the Edwardian era demanded ornamentation, where the necklace became the must have piece in the early 1900s. Designs were delicate and feminine, like this lovely negligee necklace. It is a specific type of necklace which suspends a pair of asymmetrical pendant drops from fine chain. It was the fashion to wear long strands of beads with random length drops. These pieces appeared to be just thrown together haphazardly or “negligently” and so the term négligée was born.
An asymmetrical cat's eye pendant is strung from a delicate silver chain. The pendant has a delicate filigree openwork panel with a precision cut cat's eye cabochon stone. The little stone drops hang at different lengths - the signature mark of the négligée necklace.
The cat's eye stone has a lovely grey-ish blue tone with a mother of pearl colour running through.
HOW TO WEAR: Because this necklace is so delicate it is best worn alone so that it does not get tangled in any other chains.
Condition: Excellent 'new old stock' condition. Despite being over 100 years old it has never been worn.
Era: Edwardian circa 1910
Chain is total 42cm long without an extender. The pendant adds an additional 4.5cm in length.
Filigree panel of the necklace measures 18mm x 11mm
Hallmarks: Stamped 835 Silver on clasp
Materials: Silver, Cat's Eye Stone