An antique gold and pearl necklace

French, circa 1875


in the archaeological taste, comprising of graduated and stylised yellow gold ivy leaves, each suspending a single pearl.

Ivy and pearls are both emblems of love; ivy entwines and pearls are an attribute of Venus, the Goddess of desire.

Stamped with French eagle’s head mark for 18 carat gold.

Length: 41.5 cm