17 June 1998
A Belle Epoque diamond and aquamarine brooch pendant by Chaumet
Designed as an openwork scallop shell with faceted aquamarine centre suspending a festoon of graduated diamond and rose-cut diamond 'stalactite' drops, the elongated aquamarine drop with short diamond-set fringe en suite, unsigned, circa 1910, 8cm. high, in fitted case with address J. Chaumet, Sr. de Morel et Cie, London 154 New Bond Street, Paris, 12 Place Vedome
Commissioned from Chaumet on 18 March 1910 by Mr Alfred Mond (1868-1930) 1st Baron Melchett. The entry in the Chaumet Archives reads 'pendentif d'aigue-marines, coquille et stalactites diamants'
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Jewels hung with diamond 'stalactites' and influenced by marine themes such as shells and water were popular with Chaumet from around 1900.
Cf. D. Scarisbrick, Chaumet, Master Jewellers since 1780 (1995), pps. 196, 197, 211
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