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Lunar Eclipse - Art Deco 10K White Gold Black Onyx & Diamond Necklace. This exquisite necklace is crafted from 10K white gold, hallmarked 10K. Featuring 3 natural single cut diamonds, 3 genuine black onyx gemstones, Art Deco styling, and quality craftsmanship. This necklace is comprised of a segmented trio of drops. Each drop exhibits a circular ring of black onyx , set with a beautiful bright white diamond. The chain is dainty, yet substantial enough to support the gems. The clasp is original to the necklace. This Art Deco piece exudes the style from this era, elegant, dramatic, and quite simply beautiful. Highly collectible and so fine!
Note: A contemporary appraisal is included with the necklace. Contemporary appraisals do not reflect the antique value.
The earliest diamonds were found in India in 4th century BC, although the youngest of these deposits were formed 900 million years ago. A majority of these early stones were transported along the network of trade routes that connected India and China, commonly known as the Silk Road.
They originally used the onyx name for a variety of marble having white and yellow veins. Onyx is the Greek word for “claw” or “fingernail” because these veins resemble the colors of a fingernail. ... The myth of the origin of onyx says that the goddess Venus was resting on the banks of the Indus River.
Gold was generally used for a couple thousand years solely to create things such as jewelry and idols for worship. This was until around 1500 BC when the ancient empire of Egypt, which benefited greatly from its gold-bearing region, Nubia, made gold the first official medium of exchange for international trade.
Although the origin of white color gold dates back to 1710, where it was discovered by two alchemists in Germany, it wasn't used widely until much later. White gold as we know it today was really popularised in the 1920s. Although it might seem strange, this luxury material came to popularity in wartime.
Measurements: Necklace 15" Note: An extender can be added to the necklace. Gemstone Drop : 35.00 mm
Stone Size: Diamonds: .06 carats Onyx: 6.50 - 6.00 mm - 5.50 mm rings
Weight: 3.12 grams
Date: Circa 1920