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Contemporary Diamond Passementerie Three-Tier Tassell Necklace

Contemporary Diamond Passementerie Three-Tier Tassell Necklace

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While trimmings can be traced back to nomadic tribes of the Middle East as functional cording used to erect tents and tie down belongings, eventually some of these useful materials evolved into a decorative form as artisans began to play with the medium. It was during the 16th Century in France that things developed further—into a full artform of twisted cords and tassels known as passementerie. From the French meaning “turning by the hand,” passementerie, soon reached beyond interior decoration to adorn clothing among the nobility. This adornment took the forms of frogs, soutache braid, epaulettes and more. Using real gold thread was de rigueur. It isn’t hard to see how this art of cording subsequently inspired fine jewelry designs.

This magnificent Three Tier Diamond Necklace, made in the 21st century, circa 2000s, features sparkling fringes of pear-shaped pendants, draped as a decorative passementerie. The 17-inch (43.18 cm) necklace is crafted in 18K white gold set with 2,257 round brilliant-cut diamonds weighing an estimated 79.70 carats total. The diamonds are equivalent to G-I color and VS-SI clarity. With so many dangling elements, the piece has gorgeous scintillation and sensuous fluidity of movement. Each strand of marquise-shape links comprised of round diamonds displays progressively more pendants—15 at the top, 19 in the middle, and 25 at the bottom. Each set of pendants graduates toward the middle, culminating in a dramatic grouping of 4 pears at the bottom that appear woven together like delicate lace.

The design of the necklace is pure mathematical elegance, hierarchically organized into a limited formal vocabulary of geometric shapes, all comprised of round diamonds. Marquise and pear shape haloed charms adorn the all-diamond single-strand chain near the clasp before transitioning into double-strands featuring rounded squares and rectangles. Two fixed lines of “pear-rectangle-pear” holds the three cascading strands of the necklace in place and at optimal distances apart. Each pear shape pendant is punctuated at the top by a single round diamond from which it is suspended. The establishment and repetition of this formal rule creates an underlying harmony and a pleasing flow. Formally, the piece might adhere to minimalist practices, but it is maximized in sparkling grandeur. No thread-based passementerie could possibly compare.

Necklace length measures approx. 17 inches (43.18 cm). 2,257 white round brilliant diamonds weighing approx. 79.70 carats total; estimated G-I colors, VS-SI clarity. Overall weight approx. 154.68 grams, made in 18k white gold. Circa 2000s.

SKU :N1218
Metal :18KWG



18K White Gold

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