Moonstone and Silver Edwardian Necklace

In February 2009 I was being inducted into the Chaine des Rotisseurs culinary organization. The induction was taking place in the Hartford Club, which is a classic Edwardian era building in Hartford, Connecticut. The men would be in tuxedos and the women in formal gowns. This was the perfect opportunity for me to wear an Edwardian dress, have my hair put up in an Edwardian style, and of course wear Edwardian jewelry!

I promptly scoured the web and discovered this beautiful silver and moonstone necklace, dating from the Edwardian era. It is dated at about 1900. I purchased it from Anticus Antiques, a store in New Zealand. The detail on the piece is simply stunning. Moonstone was a popular gemstone in the Edwardian era, and associated with romance. On January 10th, 2009, I ordered it.

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Moonstone and Silver Edwardian Necklace

Moonstone and Silver Edwardian Necklace

Moonstone and Silver Edwardian Necklace

Moonstone and Silver Edwardian Necklace

Moonstone and Silver Edwardian Necklace

Moonstone and Silver Edwardian Necklace

Moonstone and Silver Edwardian Necklace

As it turned out I ended up instead wearing a beautiful matched set of turquoise and gold necklace and earrings. And in another twist, Hop Nguyen, the person I had making the dress for me misunderstood my instructions and put extreme ruffles on the front, which wasn't quite what I wanted. I wanted something like this - Edwardian Jewelry and Fashion. So I had to modify the dress to soften the ruffles, which is what you see in the photo.

It was a lovely evening!

Edwardian Dress

Moonstone Necklace
The Edwardian era was the era of the Titanic, of feminine style and delicate elegance. The over-the-top excesses of the Victorian era were in the past. These were the times of Art Nouveau, of swirling waltzes and a looking forward to a new century of excitement.

Moonstone was a favorite gemstone of the Edwardian period. It represented love, romance, and passion. It brings success and a strong, long lasting relationship. It's a stone of strength.

Drop style necklaces were quite popular in Edwardian times. This silver and moonstone necklace dates to the year 1900. It has a central drop with a pair of moonstone gemstones, surrounded by ten additional drops. The see-through nature of the moonstone draws the eye to the skin or outfit beneath, highlighting it.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this vintage moonstone necklace!

I both bought and sold this necklace for $260

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