Giardinetti Necklace, c. 1760, gold, silver, diaminds, emeralds, rubies, The giardinetti jewel of which this necklace is an important example demonstrates that passion for colour and flowers characteristic of the eighteenth century decorative arts was not reserved for ceramics and textiles but was also expressed in jewellery. Worn like a garland round the neck the flowers would add a festive note to the toilette of the woman who wore it, and delight the eyes of all who saw her.
Emeralds of Empress Ekaterina II of Russia. C. 1830. Gold, silver, emeralds, diamonds. Set consisting of an emerald and diamond necklace with matching earrings. Every generation of the family of the Marquis of Lothian has believed that the majority of these emeralds were given by the Empress Ekaterina II to their ancestor, the Earl of Buckinghamshire during his embassy to St. Petersburg 1762-1765.