Pigeon's bloodBurmeseruby and diamond necklace/tiara. Set to the centre with twenty six oval old cutnatural unenhanced Pigeon's blood Burmese rubies in open backclaw settings, ranging from largest with a weight of 1.70 carats to smallest with a weight of 1.02 carats, with a combined approximate weight of 33.04 carats, further set with two hundred and thirty cushion shape old minediamonds in open back claw settings with a combined approximate weight of 56.00 carats, to an impressive articulated necklace, flowing with movement, featuring twenty six coronet cluster links with curving claws, intricately pierced linear galleries and open backholing, fitted with an integrated push clasp and hinged safety latch, necklace approximately 17" in length, featuring a removable section of twenty one coronet clusters which convert to an elegant openwork tiara with black velvet lined tiara frame, approximately 7.7cm in height at highest point, further converting to an articulated pendant necklace featuring a detachable pendant fitting, with choice of coronet cluster drop, either one coronet cluster drop at approximately 4.5cm in length or a two coronet cluster drop at approximately 6cm in length, also converting to two different pairs of coronet cluster drop earrings, both with secure detachable shepherds hook fittings, the one coronet cluster drop earring approximately 3cm in length from top of hook, the two coronet cluster drop earring approximately 4.6cm in length from top of hook. Tested 18 carat rose gold and platinum, circa 1915, accompanied by a fitted box, also accompanied by Gem Research Swisslab reports for every Pigeon's Blood Burmese ruby, refer to gemmological reports for a comprehensive list of individual ruby weights; GRS2015-122552, GRS2015-122609, GRS2015-122547, GRS2015-122593, GRS2015-122545, GRS2015-122582, GRS2015-122598, GRS2015-122587, GRS2015-122600, GRS2015-122583, GRS2015-122612, GRS2015-122580, GRS2015-122563, GRS2015-122604, GRS2015-122588, GRS2015-122575, GRS2015-122594, GRS2015-122579, GRS2015-122578, GRS2015-122589, GRS2015-122596, GRS2015-122602, GRS2015-122603, GRS2015-122591, GRS2015-122585, GRS2015-122556.
Adorning the neck with organic materials, beads, gemstones and precious metals has a long history stretching into pre-historic civilizations. Carvings and paintings from as early as 3000 BC, have been unearthed and show gods and royalty bejewelled with striking neckpieces. Clearly a sign of wealth and prominence in all societies, necklaces have been used as status symbols, ceremonial tokens, protective emblems, symbols of faith, celebratory items and gifts. Ancient Egyptians, wore decorative chokers, collars and neckpieces with bright gemstones and faience details. The ancient Romans favoured colour and added beads of glass alongside twisted gold and precious gemstones. Styles remained quite primitive until technology advanced in the 17th century allowing an array of exotic gemstones to be faceted.
By the Georgian period these advancements contributed to quite elaborate designs featuring precious gemstones, intricate links and fine enamel decoration. The populace became fascinated with the allure of the diamond, thus inventing the rivière diamond necklace. Reserved for society's elite, diamond set necklaces continued to evolve into more decadent designs. The sophisticated construction of necklaces continued well into the Victorian era when memento mori jewellery became fashionable. Jewellers of this period created necklaces which included Whitby jet and dark coloured gemstones with intricate skeletal motifs.
Decorative necklaces formed one element in a set of jewellery known as parures, which often included a matching set of earrings, bracelet and necklace all including the same motifs, settings and gemstones. Many of these parure sets were adorning society’s most fashionable ladies in the 18th and 19th centuries. Creative jewellers also designed alterable neckpieces which could be worn a number of ways, converting into tiaras, brooches, bracelets and pendants. New geometric gemstone shapes in the Art Deco period made way for exciting new settings. Geometrically styled chokers, spray necklaces and mixed gemstone neck pieces were embraced and continue to inspire jewellers today.