Designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)
Tiffany & Co. (1837–present)
Made in New York, New York, United States
Alexandrite, semi-precious stones, gold
L. 20 in. (50.8 cm)
Gift of Sarah E. Hanley, 1946
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.