Stunning Murrle Bennett turquoise and pearl necklace
So beautifully designed this Arts and Crafts Victorian necklace is handmade in 15ct gold
Featuring a gorgeous egg shaped turquoise pendant drop held in foliate gold tentacles with a rose cut diamond mount.
It hangs from oblong gold links interspaced by pretty little natural pearls.
Three more smaller turquoises complete the design that hangs from a curb link chain with lobster clasp
This splendid necklace looks wonderful when worn
- Necklace 46cm (18″) Long
- Turquoise drop 15mm x10mm
- Natural pearls 11 x approx. 3mm
- Reverse of pendant marked 15ct gold and M B & Co
- Weight 6.5 grams
- It dates to around 1890.
- In excellent original condition.
- This Murrle Bennett turquoise necklace comes in the presentation box illustrated.
- Our Ref 23220
Of all the gemstones, turquoise is probably the one which is most closely associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement. Designers including C.R. Ashbee at the Guild of Handicrafts. Also, the great Archibald Knox for Liberty Co. Knox produced many simple and uncomplicated gold and silver pendants and necklaces These were either mounted with gem turquoise or turquoise matrix – turquoise, that is turquoise with natural veins of limonite rock left visible. Indeed, the Anglo-German firm Murrle Bennett & Co became famous for, and synonymous with turquoise matrix and gold jewellery, at the very end of the 19th century. Today turquoise matrix is produced in large and irregular shape pebble-like forms used in Navajo Indian and New Mexican silver jewellery.
Murrle Bennet & Co, a firm of goldsmiths founded in 1884 by Ernest Murrrle, a German-born jeweller who entered into a partnership with a Mr Bennet and operated until 1914.
Murrle Bennett is renowned for their production of Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau style jewellery.
Notability retailed by Liberty & Co