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.
The aquamarine cameo with facetted back represent four Cupids (putti) playing the part of vintagers...Mounted as a pendant within a rose diamond mille-grain border, hanging within an open frame of floral and leafy branches with a pear shaped diamond hanging below, it is attached by chains to the trumpet shaped flower heads and the suspension loop at the top, all diamond set. Cameo: 18th century style. Pendant: 1905. (re-pin)