A gold, amethyst and diamond demi-parure and a pair of matching amethyst pendant earrings, 1871.

The large oval amethyst of the pendant is set within a gold and rose diamond cusped mount and is accompanied by a gold collar, although the jewel may also be worn as a brooch.

The pendant earrings are similarly set and each is surmounted by a marquess’s coronet set with pearls, emeralds and rubies.

The case, by Londen & Ryder, 1871, is tooled with the inscription: ‘To the best of wives and mothers from her affectionate husband April 30, 1871 GSC.’

This was a gift from William Alleyne, 3rd Marquess of Exeter (1825-1895), to his wife Georgina Sophia Cecil, to whom he was married in 1848.


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