Russian Imperial White Enamel Three-Strand Pearl Necklace
Nested glass pearls. 24K gold plate decorative clasp, hand enameled, with a glass moonstone. Length 17 in.; clasp diameter 1 in. Peter Carl Fabergé (Russian, 1846–1920) revolutionized the way jewelry was evaluated in Russian society by emphasizing creativity and workmanship over the use of precious stones and metals. His studio produced a wide variety of objets d'art, including magnificent jewelry, clocks, enamel cigarette cases, boxes, frames, and his ultimate achievement, a series of jeweled Easter eggs created for Czars Alexander III and Nicholas II of Russia. These delicate “works of fantasy” often memorialized important occasions in the reign of the Imperial Romanov family. The elaborate clasp of the Museum’s necklace is adapted from a band decorated with moonstones from an urn-shaped nephrite vase that Czar Nicholas II presented to King Edward VII in 1908. Produced in cooperation with the British Royal Collection. Made expressly for the Metropolitan Museum in the United States.
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