The Emperors Necklace
THE EMPERORS NECKLACE, an early Victorian hardstone cameo necklace, the twelve oval chalcedony cameo plaques, each carved with the profile of a Roman Emperor, all mounted in close-backed yellow gold rub-over settings, each with the name of the Emperor engraved on the back and linked by a yellow gold double trace chain, circa 1840, measuring approximately 41 x 2cm, gross weight 58.31 grams. This necklace is in very good condition.With later applied box clap.
Tested as 18ct gold with 15ct gold box clasp.
A spectacular early Victorian necklace. This necklace reflects the early nineteenth century interest in Ancient Roman motifs: famously, Napoleon was captivated by cameos, and Josephine’s Bonaparte owned a tiara of cameos given to her by Napoleon. Cameos became popular as the neoclassical style swept Europe in the early nineteenth century, and this necklace is the embodiment of this neoclassical style. This necklace sits beautifully at the base of the neck and makes a stunning, historical statement piece.
Should you choose to make this purchase we would be delighted to send it to you in a Bentley & Skinner handmade leather case packed in a giftwrapped Bentley & Skinner black and gold presentation box. Shortly afterwards we will send you on a complimentary valuation of this item for insurance purposes for your reference and safekeeping.