Lot 348
  • 348

Amethyst and Diamond Necklace, circa 1900

50,000 - 70,000 USD
115,000 USD
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The foliate garlands decorated with 5 hexagonal amethysts set as swing centers within circular wreaths, alternating with pear-shaped scrolls, set with 13 old European-cut diamonds weighing approximately 8.50 carats, 69 old European-cut diamonds weighing approximately 10.00 carats and numerous smaller old-mine and rose-cut diamonds weighing approximately 5.00 carats, mounted in silver and gold, length 17 inches, 4 diamonds missing.  Together with a wood box of octagonal shape stamped on the lid: The Property of Her Majesty The Late Queen Alexandra. 


Sotheby's London, March 24, 1988, lot 188. A note following the description states that the necklace was purchased from Wartski in 1958 as part of the collection of jewels of Queen Alexandra. 


Tiaras, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, March 21-July 14, 2002.  


Geoffrey C. Munn, Tiaras: A History of Splendour, pl. 96, p. 117.  The present necklace, when supported on a frame, may also be worn as a tiara. 

Catalogue Note

Alexandra of Denmark (1844-1925) was Princess of Wales from 1863 until 1901 after which she became Queen Consort to Edward VII of the United Kingdom and also Empress of India. After the death of her Edward VII in 1910, she became the Queen Mother as both queen and the mother of the reigning monarch George V.