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Privileged Peridot and Pearl Necklace
This peridot and pearl necklace is a nod to the Tuileries Gardens in Paris. Cool white cultured freshwater pearls are interspersed among the verdant green peridot in a repetitive and orderly precision. Not unlike the cool marble statuary sprinkled among the largest public “green space” in the city. The freeform organic peridot nuggets representing the lush green grass and trees while the smooth white cultured freshwater pearls in a rondelle shape represent the smooth and refined marble works of art. The structure of this necklace is a modified version of the original Sutherland necklace utilizing gold vermeil spacers between each bead. The inspiration for the “Tuileries Collection” is based in the rich history of France. When Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI were banished from Versailles and forced to live in the Tuileries Palace as prisoners, the French queen gave a bag of grey pearls to the wife of the British ambassador, Lady Sutherland, for safekeeping. As an act of kindness, Lady Sutherland sent clothing and linens to the imprisoned and doomed queen. Marie Antoinette was executed in 1793. The pearls belonging to Marie Antoinette were eventually incorporated into a beautiful necklace for Lady Sutherland’s grandson’s wedding in 1849, and it has stayed in the Sutherland family for over 200 years. This historically significant necklace was recently featured in Christie’s auction in late 2007. The elegant architecture of this significant necklace has been reinterpreted for today’s modern woman. Using variations of stones and format, the overall design as it originated, is still a stunning and viable style.
Reference: 6314

Size: 17.5" Long

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