Description

    Antique Diamond, Multi-Stone, Enamel, Silver-Topped Gold Necklace, Emile Froment-Meurice
    The choker features European and mine-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 4.65 carats, enhanced by round-cut rubies weighing a total of approximately 2.00 carats, embellished with round-cut sapphires weighing a total of approximately 2.30 carats, accented by round and cushion-shaped emeralds weighing a total of approximately 1.40 carats, complemented by enamel applied on 18k gold, and rose-cut diamonds measuring 1.65 x 1.60 mm to 2.50 x 2.00 mm, set in silver-topped gold. Gross weight 128.50 grams.
    Dimensions: 13 inches x 1-1/2 inches

    Katherine Purcell, Henri Vever: French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century, p. 960, col. pl. 104 and p. 1077.

    (This choker is attributed to Emile Froment-Meurice by Henri Vever and is illustrated in La Bijouterie Francaise au XIXe Siècle,Volume III, p. 585. It was shown at the Paris Exhibition in 1900. The choker is unsigned because the clasp was changed).


    Condition Report*:

    Diamonds:
    Avg Color: M+
    Avg Clarity: SI
    Shape(s): European-cut, Rose-cut
    Count: 100+

    Colored Gems:
    Type(s): Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald
    Shape(s): Round-cut, Cushion-shaped
    Count: 26 - 50
    Avg Quality: Good

    Metals:
    Gold
    Silver-Topped Gold

    Overall Condition: Very Good
    Condition Notes: Piece is not signed, but is attributed to Emile Froment-Meurice. Published in the book "French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century". An enthralling choker with a wonderful combination of enamel flowers and precious stones. Gold tests as 18k. European-cut diamonds fall into the J-K-L color range. One rose-cut diamond is missing. Comes in a fitted velvet box.

    Emile Froment-Meurice: The son of French jeweler Francois-Désiré Froment-Meurice, Emile Froment-Meurice (1837-1913) expanded the namesake family jewelry maison by designing one-of-a-kind creations for Parisian aristocracy. After a long apprenticeship as a goldsmith with the family firm, Emile became a master metalworker, carrying on the Maison Froment-Meurice atelier until 1913. Emile was honored with the gold medal at the Paris World Exhibition in 1867 for exhibiting a monumental sculptural overmantel for the Hôtel de Ville. He was further dignified with the cross of the Legion of Honor in 1869. Most notably, the “Paris Tiara”, a papal crown presented to Pope Leo XIII by the people of Paris in 1888 to commemorate his Golden Jubilee as a priest, was imagined and crafted by Emile. Lastly, in 1900, he participated in the Paris World Exhibition and exhibited jewels in the style shown here, winning him the Grand Prix. His jewelry and objet d’art can be found in museums throughout the world.

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