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Necklace

Designer:
Designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)
Maker:
Tiffany & Co. (1837–present)
Date:
1914–15
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Alexandrite, semi-precious stones, gold
Dimensions:
L. 20 in. (50.8 cm)
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
Gift of Sarah E. Hanley, 1946
Accession Number:
46.168.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 743
A compendium of semiprecious stones-opals, garnets, tourmalines, carnelians, and amber-some left in their naturally irregular shapes, are interspersed with hammered gold beads on a hand-wrought chain. A large alexandrite, weighing more than forty carats, forms a single pendant. The unusual stone, made even more exceptional by its size, changes color with the light, a property that must have appealed to Tiffany. It appears as a deep amber in transmitted or artificial light and as a soft olive green in reflected light.
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