New York, East
23 October 2000
AN ARTS AND CRAFTS GOLD, CITRINE AND FRESHWATER PEARL PENDANT NECKLACE
Designed as a chain of rectangular links suspending a foliate decorated pendant accented with a rectangular-cut citrine and supsending a freshwater pearl drop, mounted in gold--17 ½ in.
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