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Pendant, Imperial Presentation, c.1900

Pink Topaz and Diamonds

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Pink Topaz Pendant

centred by an extraordinary pink topaz of unusually intense colour, surrounded by a border of old European cut diamonds, each side embellished with diamond set opposing foliate curves beneath arches with diamond centres, a square mounted diamond suspended beneath.

 

Provenance

The topaz was presented to Frances Anne, Marchioness of Londonderry by Tsar Alexander I in 1821. The stone formed part of a graduated suite of pink topazes worn by Lady Londonderry on the front of her robes for the coronation of King William IV in 1830. This remarkable set of stones can clearly be seen in the portrait of Lady Londonderry painted by Alexandre-Jean Dubois-Drahonet to commemorate the occasion (now on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London).

The stone was later remounted with diamonds into
a pendant by the Crown jewellers Garrard & Co.

Illustrated

Exhibition catalogue which accompanied Fabergé and the Russian Jewellers (Wartski, 2006), no. 12