search_icon 0

Edwardian Harlequin Multigem Fringe Necklace


Edwardian Harlequin Multigem Fringe Necklace



DATE: Edwardian, c.1910

Captivating antique harlequin fringe necklace set with a colourful array of faceted gemstones. It dates from the Edwardian period, circa 1905, the stones arranged in a series of articulated drops, graduated towards the middle. Stones including: almandine garnet, citrine, hessonite garnet, amethyst, peridot, and pyrope garnet. Suspended from a fine 9 karat yellow gold box-link chain.

The name "harlequin" has long been used to describe jewellery set with many different coloured gemstones. The reference is an Italian Commedia character, Harlequin, one of the "comic servants" of the Commedia dell’Arte tradition, introduced in the late 16th century and popularised by Tristano Martinelli, the "Master of Harlequins". Characterised by his brightly chequered costume, he usually served as a direct contrast, sometimes in competition, with the sterner and melancholic Pierrot. The role was that of an astute, nimble, and overly light-hearted servant who would often attempt to thwart the plans of his master while pursuing his own love interest, Columbina.


Assorted coloured gemstones including: garnet, amethyst, peridot, and citrine


Wearable length: 13.5 inches

Central drop: 3.0cm




No marks present, tests as 9k gold