Gold Necklace with Pearls and Stones of Emerald Plasma
Gold, pearls, emerald plasma
Overall: 16 3/4 x 13/16 x 7/16 in. (42.5 x 2.1 x 1.1 cm) Wt: 64g
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
This elegantly simple necklace alternates luminous white pearls with soft green gems worked from a type of quartz, one of several stones that were called emeralds in Byzantium.
Cyprus Treasure, found at Karavas, Cyprus, 1902; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
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