Italian Renaissance Sapphire Necklace

Antique Necklace

“The necklace: an 18kt gold central cameo plaque on which is carved the beautiful form of a woman. Her cape is gracefully flowing as she walks, as is her lengthy hair. She is pensive. She is courtly and aristocratic. On the reverse the words in Italian “today and always”. Golden curved shells and flowers surround her boundaries as do sapphire gems and pearls. Garlands form double strands around the central medallion. Sapphires are linked in long suspension from these strands. To fasten this around the neck, a mesh neckband, flexible and light.

This appears to be a unique jewel made for a person of high position. Was it given to a woman by her lover, as a wedding gift, a promise? It is exception, and heart throbbing.

Lore: Sapphire, one of the most precious world gems, is considered the gem of gems. It was always connected to royalty. In medieval days, a sapphire was considered to be the height of hope and faith. Buddhists believe it brings devotion. Today it is the stone of royal wisdom.”


Being a lover of antique jewelry, I oftentimes find myself searching for an unusual piece to complement a dress for a special event. Drawn to this style of necklace, I began reading the description of the piece and almost fell in love with whomever wrote it. Although the words in this description don’t belong to me, we give kudos to the writer, Glorious Antique Jewelry, for describing this piece so beautifully, giving it a legacy of its own. I imagine this piece being worn on a wedding day and hope it one day finds an owner who will love and appreciate its delicate beauty. My door is always open.


All of my best

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