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Early Victorian Harlequin Gemstone and Paste Necklace


This early Victorian multicolored gemstone and paste necklace features an array of gems arranged in an esoteric color pattern. This style of jewelry featuring a riot of hues is called "harlequin" meaning multicolored. It takes its moniker from the character, Harlequin, in commedia dell'arte who wore a brightly colored and wildly patterned costume. The floral and scalloped shaped pendant features green pastes, citrines, sapphires, rubies and amethysts mounted in 10k gold with closed settings on a 15" 9k gold chain.


  • Materials

    10k gold, pastes, garnets, citrines, sapphires, rubies, amethysts, 9k chain.

  • Age

    c. 1840

  • Condition

    Very good - originally the pendant was probably part of a larger piece of jewelry.

  • Size

    2 1/8 x 7/8" pendant, 15" chain.