NECKLACES

A single strand of round beads (generally 5mm to 6 mm beads, and generally 15 inch to 16 inch length, listing will specify) of genuine garnet, amethyst, red coral, peridot, citrine, black onyx, cultured freshwater pearl, rose quartz, blue topaz, smoky topaz or lapis lazuli, hand-knotted on silk thread, equipped with sterling silver rings, and black or white silk satin ribbon ties or sterling silver box-clasp.
(Note: box clasps may vary slightly.)

Multiple strand necklaces can be custom ordered. Please inquire.

When ordering jewelry, please add $7.00 shipping charges to your payment. One shipping charge of $7.00 will cover the shipping costs of up to three items if ordered together.


CUSTOM NECKLACES

Some examples:

~~The "Copley I", a triple strand necklace, one strand of 12mm flat-oval mother-of-pearl beads flanked above and below by a strand of deluxe Grade A cultured freshwater 7-7.5mm round pearls, all hand-knotted on silk and mounted on a silver box clasp. This replicates the necklace seen in J.S. Copley's 1765 portrait of Mary Oxnard Watts and can be custom-made for you for $135.00
(Prices may vary, depending on availability of the materials.)

~~The "Copley II", one strand of good quality cultured freshwater 8-9mm oval pearls flanked above and below by a strand of 6mm matching round pearls, all hand-knotted on silk and mounted on a silver box clasp. This replicates the necklace seen in J.S. Copley's portraits of Mrs. John Apthorp and Mrs. Robert Hooper and can be custom-made for you for $150.00
(Prices may vary, depending on availability of the materials.)



Detail, "Mr. & Mrs. Isaac Winslow",
John Singleton Copley, 1773

~~The "Jemima Winslow", as depicted by John Singleton Copley in 1773, this is a simple necklace for informal wear. Our interpretation features vintage black velvet 7/8" ribbon, a luscious plush ribbon like nothing being made today! It is embellished with 18mm ovals of mother-of-pearl and sparkling silvered glass seed beads. Made in choker-length to fit you, this necklace ties at the back with black silk satin ribbons through sterling silver loops. Please give neck size. $65.00




~~The "Abigail Adams", an exact copy of the original in the Smithsonian, except that Abigail's were imitation pearls, but yours will be real! A long, luscious 48 inch strand of medium grade 8-9 mm cultured freshwater pearls, all hand-knotted on silk thread, for you to wrap about your neck as it pleases you, with black or white silk ribbon ties. Custom-made for you for $170.00
(Prices may vary, depending on availability of the materials.)

Abigail Adams necklace created in best quality pink cultured pearls, commissioned by HBO for actress Laura Linney.



Benjamin Blyth, "Abigail Adams", Pastel, c. 1766


~~The "Mrs. Gavin Lawson", after the 1770 portrait by Hesselius now in the collection of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. This is a truly magnificent five strand pearl necklace, two choker strands (sized to fit you) of best-quality 6mm oval cultured freshwater pearls flanking a choker strand of 9mm oval pearls. Below them hang still more top-quality 6 mm freshwater pearls, an 18 inch strand and a 24 inch strand, with three 14mm to 17mm pearl teardrop focal point pendants, all hand-knotted on silk thread and mounted on a silver filigree box clasp, an impressive 18th century necklace, replicated for you for $310.00
(Prices may vary, depending on availability of the materials.)



Multiple strand necklaces of seed pearls or tiny coral beads were worn by 18th century women and girls of all ages. Beads such as these, too small to be individually knotted, were strung on stout thread and attached to ornamental box clasps. This necklace features three strands, 15", 15 1/2" and 16", of nicely dyed red coral beads suspended on silk from a sterling clasp with a sunburst motif.
$90.00

Here, top-quality 2.5mm freshwater cultured pearls in three strands, 15", 15 1/2", and 16", are strung on silk and fastened by the same style of sterling clasp.
$90.00

Here is the same necklace rendered in raspberry garnets, three strands, 15", 15 1/2", and 16" inches, strung on silk with a sterling sunburst clasp.
$90.00.

You may have more or fewer strands of similar beads of pearl, coral or garnet custom-strung for you. For example, a child's necklace, one 13"-15" strand of any of these beads on a smaller box-clasp, can be made at your request for $25.00. (not recommended for young children who chew on things!)



"Le Gallerie des Modes"

Direct from the utter frivolity of 1780's Paris fashion, by way of the fashion plates in Gallerie des Modes et Costumes Français, comes this novelty of a fashionable necklace of 1780. An ornate sterling oval mounting, set with glittering marcasites, holds a 24mm x 18mm cabochon of the stone of your choice, suspended on two black silk satin ribbons, with pendant tassels of sterling chain, and topped with a decorative sterling bead. The ribbons tie behind your neck. Length of necklace from knot to end of tassels will be adjusted to fit your throat; this one is 7 inches.
$95.00

Documentation:
http://www.mfa.org/collections/
http://www.mfa.org/collections/
http://www.mfa.org/collections/


A sample of the necklaces I might have in stock.

Please contact me for availability.


A 16 inch strand of deep, ruby-red 6mm garnet beads, hand-knotted on silk thread, is set off with an 18th century-style sterling filigree box-clasp.
$45.00
A 16 inch strand of rich brown smoky topaz 6mm beads, hand-knotted on silk thread, comes to you ready to wear, with black silk satin ribbon ties securely sewn to each end in the correct period manner.
$40.00
Eighteenth century coral was a rich warm red, and is unavailable today. This 16 inch strand of dyed coral 6 mm beads, hand-knotted on silk thread, is the closest modern approximation. It features an 18th century-style sterling filigree box-clasp.
$45.00
Classic white pearls, here in a 15 1/2 inch strand of good quality cultured freshwater pearls, snow-white and 4.5-5mm diameter. Hand-knotted on silk thread and ready for your choice of silk satin ribbon or a sterling filigree box clasp.
$40.00 with ribbons or $45.00 with box clasp.
This necklace of gold-flecked, deep-blue lapis lazuli, a 17 inch strand of 6mm beads, hand-knotted on silk thread, awaits your choice of silk satin ribbon or a sterling filigree box clasp.
$40.00 with ribbons or $45.00 with box clasp.
A luminous citrine necklace complements the yellow gowns so popular in the 1770's. This strand of 5mm citrine beads is 15 1/2 inch long, hand-knotted on silk thread, and awaiting your choice of silk satin ribbon or a sterling filigree box clasp.
$40.00 with ribbons or $45.00 with box clasp.
Sweet and feminine, these rose quartz 6mm beads are hand-knotted on silk thread into a 16 inch necklace, which awaits your choice of silk satin ribbon or a sterling filigree box clasp.
$40.00 with ribbons or $45.00 with box clasp.



Pink coral necklace, rose-pink dyed coral 6mm beads, hand-knotted on silk thread, 15.75 inches long, ready for your choice of silk ribbon or sterling clasp
$40.00 with ribbons or $45.00 with box clasp.






Matched sets:

Demi-parure, a set of faceted gem-cut peridots set in sterling silver, here in the daisy motif popular in 18th century jewelry. This lavish necklace is 16 inches long; its matching earrings have a total length of 29mm each, not including earwires. These jewels have slightly open-backed settings. This set is an excellent replica of 18th century style, wonderfully period-looking when worn.
$85.00





This one-of-a-kind set features a lovely delicate 15 1/2 inch strand of 4mm round blue topaz beads hand-knotted on silk thread with a silver filigree box-clasp, and matching earrings of brilliant, high-grade, faceted blue topaz briolette drops accented with sterling silver mountings on sterling lever-back wires.
$65.00

Total length of earring drop, not including earwire, is 21mm. I will not be able to obtain stones of this quality again! The fragile beauty of this set, or "demi-parure", is perfect for a petite woman or a very special young girl.






Religious emblems:

Hamsa: I've been asked repeatedly by Jewish re-enactors if there isn't a period-appropriate religious symbol which they could wear as Christians wear a cross. In fact, there isn't-the custom of wearing the Star of David, mezuzah, menorah and similar Jewish symbols as pieces of personal jewelry appears to have arisen early in the 20th century. However, Jews in the 18th century and much earlier, did wear amulets or talismans for good luck or to ward off evil. The problem with such amulets is that they tend to be kept hidden, so it remains difficult to say what they might have looked like.

The Hamsa, (also known as the Hand of Fatima, Hand of Miriam, or Hand of God), is a protective talisman which has been worn by people of many faiths throughout the circum-Mediterranean for centuries. In recent years, it has become appropriated by modern Jews as a marker of their cultural heritage. Since most Jews in America were of Sephardic origin, a plausible argument can be made that the Hamsa was an amulet they would have worn (although of course this argument remains speculative pending further research).
So, for those Jewish re-enactors who desire an emblem of their faith which might have been worn in the period, I have sought out a classic, period-style Hamsa, in sterling silver. The hand itself, without the ring or bail, measures 1" long. It comes to you on your choice of a 36" length of 1/4" black silk satin ribbon for your neck, or on a 36" length of hand-twisted red silk cord, for those who wish to wear it Kabbalah-style. (Please specify ribbon or cord)
$18.00



Cross: In the 18th century, crosses seem to have been much more commonly worn by Roman Catholics than by Protestants. Nevertheless, the sensibilities of modern Christian re-enactors of all denominations often inspire them to want to wear one.

To satisfy that desire, a simple, 18th century-style cross is offered here in sterling silver on a 1/4" black silk satin ribbon. The cross is 1" long, the ribbon 36" long so that you can wear it doubled and looped, or knotted as a pendant, as seen in period artwork.
$12.00


Online documentation: "A Woman with a Dog" (1740s),
by Giacomo Ceruti. http://www.metmuseum.org/


When ordering jewelry, please add $7.00 shipping charges to your payment.
One shipping charge of $7.00 will cover the shipping costs of up to three items if ordered together.


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