Sunday, February 16, 2014

Baubles: The Necklace Collection

An amethyst, turquoise and diamond confection whipped up by Cartier for the Duchess of Windsor

From the Elizabeth Taylor collection. Amethyst beads, diamonds and kunzites

A magnificent "riviere" of canary diamonds. Wow!

A 19th century diamond, emerald and pearl necklace

A little diamond number from Harry Winston

A 637-carat necklace from Mouawad Joallier featuring a 403-carat internally flawless yellow diamond called "L'Incomparable".

A diamond necklace given to Empress Marie Louise of France from her husband, Napoleon

This piece was made by Cartier for the Maharaja of Patiala. The Maharaja arrived at Cartier in France with a huge chest of loose gems and told them to create a ceremonial necklace for himself. Note the huge canary diamond with the 3 pear-shaped drops below it.

Another piece by Cartier, this time featuring a large cushion cut emerald

Emeralds and diamonds show off a large carved emerald

This necklace is called "The Spanish Inquisition Necklace". It has no connection to the Inquisition. The piece was worn by Katherine Hepburn at the 19th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. It is in the Smithsonian's collection

A most remarkable necklace of pearls, diamonds, topazes and peridots by Bulgari

A diamond and ruby necklace given to Elizabeth Taylor by Mike Todd.

This huge sapphire and diamond necklace was in the collection of Baroness Mona von Bismark, a prominent socialite of the 1940's and 50's. It is now in the Smithsonian's collection

Sapphires and diamonds once owned by Princess Eugenie of Greece

An emerald and diamond "riviere" necklace by Harry Winston
This time Harry Winston stuns us with sapphires
This is Sultannah Kalsom of Panang working a massive diamond and emerald necklace, earrings and tiara.

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