Italy, c. 1600
The Victoria & Albert Museum
Sumptuous scrolls of enameled gold form this openwork necklace. Made circa 1600, the piece comes from Italy. A series of ornate crown-shapes are punctuated with fleurs-de-lis. The whole of the piece is set with table-cut rock crystal and hung with pearls.
We can’t be sure of the jeweler nor can we know for whom the piece was made, however, it’s a safe bet that this handsome necklace was made for a person of important standing—most likely the wife of a politician or statesman.