Victorian 1890s

A Stunning Antique Fringe Necklace with 50cts of Old Cut Diamonds

A stunning Victorian old cut diamond fringe necklace c.1890s, formed of a fine gold chain set with thirty old European cut diamonds in cut down collet settings, between these is suspended twenty seven beautiful bright and lively old European cut diamonds in scalloped claw set collets graduated from 0.50ct at the back to 3.75ct at the centre front, all finely articulated to create a wonderful fringe effect with maximum movement, to a tongue and box clasp set along the top with four little rose cut diamonds. This wonderful necklace sits gracefully around the base of the throat and with approximately 50cts of sparkling diamonds it is a real statement piece. The design is elegant and feminine and the articulation creates a lovely movement meaning the diamonds catch and reflect so much light. It has no doubt been worn to balls, parties and countless celebrations over the last one hundred and thirty or so years and when not being worn it sits safely in its deep blue velvet fitted case awaiting its next opportunity to dazzle.


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Gemstones and Other Materials27 x principle old European cut diamonds and 34 x additional old cut and rose cut diamonds estimated to weigh a combined total of approximately 50cts
Condition ReportVery fine
Weight description28.6 grams
Dimensions15" / 38cm long
PeriodVictorian, c.1890

Directors Notes

The old European brilliant cut is the forefather of today’s modern round brilliant cut diamond.  It was developed towards the end of the 19th Century when new machinery was invented, in particular the motor-driven saw, which allowed diamonds to be cut in attractive, symmetrical round shapes without wasting the excess rough crystal that was cut off. This revolutionised the industry and gradually, through a process of trial and error, cutters discovered which proportions produced the finest balance of brilliance and fire within these new round stones.  Diamonds were now able to dazzle even in the dimly candle-lit rooms of the turn of the century. Along with their characteristic polished culet facets, finely cut old European brilliants can be distinguished from their modern counterparts by their higher crowns and smaller table facets. These features combine to create a greater amount of spectral colour-flashes from inside the stone than we typically see in modern cut diamonds.