Sometimes the most beautiful things come out of a revolution and this gorgeous necklace is no exception!
In the late 1700s, as proponents of the Enlightenment Period began to buck the exorbitant lifestyles of the aristocracy, a new movement in fashion began to take shape. It was one that reflected the new morals and philosophies of the period -- such as an emphasis on knowledge and human happiness.
The Neoclassical era, as it became known, took inspiration from ancient Greek and Roman works of art -- trading in powdered wigs and restricting, tight-fitting clothing, for flimsy, curve-hugging feminine silhouettes with plunging necklines reminiscent of ancient Greek goddesses.
Naturally, with this new style of dress came the demand for a new style of jewelry and thus the festoon necklace was born.
A suitable form of ornamentation for a lady's décolletage, the festoon necklace was designed to mimic a garland of flowers, ribbons or leaves. It is often characterized by having multiple cascading chains arranged in a draped fashion.
This gorgeous swag necklace hails from the early 1900s, when the more dainty, delicate festoon style made a resurgence in popularity.
Crafted in gold-filled metal with a warm patina, this statement piece features beautifully faceted amber glass connected with multiple swaggered chains culminating in a striking oval centerpiece with two dangling teardrops.