The elegant lines of the historically pedigreed Sutherland necklace have been reinterpreted using stones approximating the original while maintaining a similarity to the classic example's delicate structure. This necklace is designed using minutely graduated rubies, Silver Shade Swarovski crystals and Dove Grey Swarovski simulated glass pearls. The pear shaped pearl drops are cultured freshwater pearls. Gold vermeil spacers allude to the prong set stones of the original historic necklace. The delicate structure of this necklace is repeated in both front and back. A beautiful choice for any black-tie or formal occasion with just enough subdued sparkle to make both it interesting and elegant. 18.25" long.
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. Please see thumbnail for photo of original Sutherland necklace.
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. Gold vermeil clasp and findings.
Item ID: CCRPCN555