Monday, March 31, 2014

Mastery of Design: The Townshend Canary Diamond, 1800-1869

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The Townshend Canary Diamond
The Victoria & Albert Museum

Here’s another jewel from the important collection of the Reverend Chauncy Hare Townshend who donated his fine assortment of 154 gems to the V&A. This stone, like the others in the collection, has been mounted as ring—not for wear, but simply to display the stone. This is a truly fine specimen of a canary diamond. The yellow sparkler has been set into a gold ring and is surrounded by eight rose-cut diamonds of equally exquisite quality. 

The exceptional suite of diamonds from the Townshend Collection.

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