Mughal Emerald & Pearl Necklace, ca. 1895
My mother-in-law gave it to me, and there was a note in the box that said it was from her grandmother's sister, and that it was seed pearls and jade, and the sister was born in 1861.
What we have here is a Mughal seed pearl and kundan-set emerald necklace. And the kundan setting is a method of carving into the emerald. They carve out channels into them, they set the gemstones, and then they hammer in lines of very high-karat gold. In this case, the stones are seed pearls and rubies. And I would date it to around 1890, maybe 1900. The clasp is a drilled natural pearl flanked by rose-cut diamonds that are set in silver. It's all old Indian-manufactured. (laughs)
Wow! Well, the timing works completely with when she was alive.
So, 1890, that-- she would have been 30 years old.
There's good news here, because antique Indian jewelry is in demand now. The Indians are becoming a buying community, rather than a jewelry net-selling community, and they're searching for the old pieces. So, an old necklace like this, at auction today, would be $4,000 to $6,000.
Oh, my goodness! (laughs): Wow! Thank you! That's terrific. I love wearing it.
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