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Victorian necklace to lead Fellows auction

The 15 carat gold multi-gem and enamel necklace from the Victorian era comprises 15 distinct gems, including sapphire, emerald and demantoid garnet

A historic necklace which features 15 different coloured gems is set to go under the hammer at Fellows Auctioneers with an estimate of £2,500 – £3,500.

The 15 carat gold multi-gem and enamel necklace from the Victorian era comprises 15 distinct gems, including sapphire, emerald and demantoid garnet.

Some of the other gems incorporated in the necklace include tourmaline, ruby, zircon, citrine and spinel.

The necklace contains a sapphire calculated weight of 1.21cts, based on estimated dimensions of 6.2 by 5.5 by 3.8mms. A fitted Bright & Sons Scarborough case is included with the lot along with a letter to the original owner of the item, who purchased the necklace in 1889.

Ben Randall, senior specialist and catalogue manager at Fellows Auctioneers, said: “It is intriguing to see how different gem names have evolved and how the different gems were valued at the time, the gorgeous central sapphire costing almost ten times as much as the other gems.

“Even the back of the chain has received attention, with delicate individual flowers forming the links, showing the great skill of the manufactures who are still in business today.”

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