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Necklace Collection

"Adorned with Elegance: The Timeless Allure of the Necklace" From the regal neck of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the fashion-forward vision of Gabrielle Coco Chanel

Background imageNecklace Collection: Elizabeth II - Queen of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth

Elizabeth II - Queen of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth
Her Majesty Elizabeth II - Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms (1926-2022). Date: 1955

Background imageNecklace Collection: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, c1953

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, c1953. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Wearing the Nizam of Hyderabad necklace made by Cartier, the George IV State Diadem and the insignia of the Order of the Garter

Background imageNecklace Collection: Gabrielle Coco Chanel

Gabrielle Coco Chanel
A camera study of Gabrielle Bonheur, Coco Chanel (1883 -1971). Date: 1929

Background imageNecklace Collection: Nun on a skateboard

Nun on a skateboard, holding her arms out for balance. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageNecklace Collection: Deborah Mitford by Madame Yevonde

Deborah Mitford by Madame Yevonde
The Hon. Deborah ( Debo ) Mitford (born 1920-), daughter of Lord Redesdale and youngest of the six Mitford sisters, pictured shortly before her marriage to Lord Andrew Cavendish

Background imageNecklace Collection: Hmong children under umbrella in the monsoon (rainy) season, Sapa, Vietnam, Indochina

Hmong children under umbrella in the monsoon (rainy) season, Sapa, Vietnam, Indochina, Southeast Asia, Asia

Background imageNecklace Collection: Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani, Lady with an Ermine, c1490. Artist: Leonardo da Vinci

Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani, Lady with an Ermine, c1490. Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani, Lady with an Ermine, c1490. Cecilia Gallerani was an influential mistress of the ruler of Milan, Ludovico Sforza

Background imageNecklace Collection: PETALESHARO II (1823-1874). Also known as Man Chief. Chaui or Grand Pawnee Native American chief

PETALESHARO II (1823-1874). Also known as Man Chief. Chaui or Grand Pawnee Native American chief. Photographed at the James E. McClees studio in Washington, D.C. 1858

Background imageNecklace Collection: Gold Lunulae and Axehead, Early Bronze Age, St Merryn, Cornwall

Gold Lunulae and Axehead, Early Bronze Age, St Merryn, Cornwall
Two Early Bronze Age gold lunulae and copper alloy flat axehead found in a barrow at Harlyn Bay, St Merryn in 1864. They were discovered on the west side of the bay, near the cliff edge

Background imageNecklace Collection: Tetisheri, Ancient Egyptian queen of the 17th dynasty, 16th century BC (1926)

Tetisheri, Ancient Egyptian queen of the 17th dynasty, 16th century BC (1926). Artist: Winifred Mabel Brunton
Tetisheri, Ancient Egyptian queen of the 17th dynasty, 16th century BC (1926). Tetisheri was the queen consort of Senakhtenre Tao I, the seventh pharaoh of the 17th dynasty

Background imageNecklace Collection: Lina Cavalieri, Italian opera singer and actress

Lina Cavalieri, Italian opera singer and actress
Natalina (Lina) Cavalieri (1874-1944), Italian operatic soprano and actress. circa 1900

Background imageNecklace Collection: Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary

Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary consort, George V wearing the Imperial State Crown, and Royal Purple Robe of State

Background imageNecklace Collection: Queen Elizabeth I, 16th century (1905)

Queen Elizabeth I, 16th century (1905). From Cassells History of England, Vol. II, [Cassell and Company, Limited, London, Paris, New York & Melbourne, 1905]

Background imageNecklace Collection: ELIZABETH TALBOT (c1527-1608). Known as Bess of Hardwick. Countess of Shrewsbury

ELIZABETH TALBOT (c1527-1608). Known as Bess of Hardwick. Countess of Shrewsbury. Oil on canvas, 17th century, by an unknown artist after a portrait of c1590

Background imageNecklace Collection: JOHN HENRY NEWMAN. (1801-1890). English prelate and theologian. Oil on canvas, 1881

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN. (1801-1890). English prelate and theologian. Oil on canvas, 1881, by Sir John Everett Millais

Background imageNecklace Collection: Man prepares his hair ready for his wedding day - Djibouti

Man prepares his hair ready for his wedding day - Djibouti, East Africa. Date: 1908

Background imageNecklace Collection: Masai warrior, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, East Africa, Africa

Masai warrior, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, East Africa, Africa

Background imageNecklace Collection: Bible and rosary, Le Souillard, Eure, France, Europe

Bible and rosary, Le Souillard, Eure, France, Europe

Background imageNecklace Collection: Egyptian Orthodox Coptic priest showing cross, Jerusalem, Israel, Middle East

Egyptian Orthodox Coptic priest showing cross, Jerusalem, Israel, Middle East

Background imageNecklace Collection: Ethiopian Bible and rosary, Jerusalem, Israel, Middle East

Ethiopian Bible and rosary, Jerusalem, Israel, Middle East

Background imageNecklace Collection: Statue of the Hindu goddess Durga, Goverdan, Uttar Pradesh, India, Asia

Statue of the Hindu goddess Durga, Goverdan, Uttar Pradesh, India, Asia

Background imageNecklace Collection: Muslim with prayer beads, Abene, Casamance, Senegal, West Africa, Africa

Muslim with prayer beads, Abene, Casamance, Senegal, West Africa, Africa

Background imageNecklace Collection: Susan Shaw, Fashion Model, Studio Pix, 16th August 1973

Susan Shaw, Fashion Model, Studio Pix, 16th August 1973

Background imageNecklace Collection: Josephine Baker at Folie Bergere, 1925-1926. Photograph by Lucien Walery (1863-1935)

Josephine Baker at Folie Bergere, 1925-1926. Photograph by Lucien Walery (1863-1935)
XEE4144375 Josephine Baker at Folie Bergere, 1925-1926. Photograph by Lucien Walery (1863-1935). by Walery (Stanislaw Julian Ignacy)

Background imageNecklace Collection: Portrait of Jane Seymour by Holbein, 1536, (1936). Creator: Hans Holbein the Younger

Portrait of Jane Seymour by Holbein, 1536, (1936). Creator: Hans Holbein the Younger
Jane Seymour, 1936. Jane Seymour (c1508- 1537). Queen of England 1536-1537, third wife of King Henry VIII. She died two weeks after birth of a son who would become King Edward VI

Background imageNecklace Collection: Portrait of a young woman with a hat-shaped flower, postcard

Portrait of a young woman with a hat-shaped flower, postcard Italy. Date of Photograph:1910-1920

Background imageNecklace Collection: Portrait of a girl with a book, possibly Giulia di Alessandro de Medici, 1584-1550

Portrait of a girl with a book, possibly Giulia di Alessandro de Medici, 1584-1550, (oil on wood panel)
7146797 Portrait of a girl with a book, possibly Giulia di Alessandro de Medici, 1584-1550, (oil on wood panel) by Bronzino, Agnolo di Cosimo (1503-72); Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Tuscany

Background imageNecklace Collection: Portrait of Lucrezia de Medici (or Lucrezia di Cosimo de Medici or Lucrece de Medici

Portrait of Lucrezia de Medici (or Lucrezia di Cosimo de Medici or Lucrece de Medici
LRI4624068 Portrait of Lucrezia de Medici (or Lucrezia di Cosimo de Medici or Lucrece de Medici) (1545-1561) Painting by Allori Angelo di Cosimo dit Bronzino (1503-1572)

Background imageNecklace Collection: Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, c1600, (1942). Creator: Paulus van Somer

Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, c1600, (1942). Creator: Paulus van Somer
Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, c1600, (1942). Portrait of author, playwright and poet Mary Sidney Herbert (1561-1621)

Background imageNecklace Collection: Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). Italian polymath. La Belle Fe

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). Italian polymath. La Belle Fe
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architedt. Renaissance. La belle Ferronniere, 1490-95. Museum of Louvre. Paris. France

Background imageNecklace Collection: Isabella of Portugal (1503-1539). Engraving. Colored

Isabella of Portugal (1503-1539). Engraving. Colored
Isabella of Portugal (1503-1539). Queen of Spain and Empress of Germany. Engraving after a painting of Titian, by Al Dauvergne. The Artistic Illustration, 1902. Colored

Background imageNecklace Collection: Cartier advertisement 1965

Cartier advertisement 1965
Advertisement for Cartier featuring a number of gold pieces of jewellery, 1965. 1965

Background imageNecklace Collection: Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon - later Elizabeth, The Queen Mother

Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon - later Elizabeth, The Queen Mother (1900-2002). Date: circa 1920

Background imageNecklace Collection: Tiy, Ancient Egyptian queen of the 18th dynasty, 14th century BC (1926)

Tiy, Ancient Egyptian queen of the 18th dynasty, 14th century BC (1926). Artist: Winifred Mabel Brunton
Tiy, Ancient Egyptian queen of the 18th dynasty, 14th century BC (1926). Tiye was the wife of Amenhotep III and the mother of Akhenaten

Background imageNecklace Collection: Study of Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, 1923. Artist: John Singer Sargent

Study of Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, 1923. Artist: John Singer Sargent
Study of Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, 1923. Presented to her by Prince Paul of Serbia as a wedding present prior to her marriage to the Duke of York, the future King George VI

Background imageNecklace Collection: Beatrice - Princess of England

Beatrice - Princess of England
Beatrice, Princess of England (1857-1944), wife of prince Henry von Battenberg, the fifth daughter and youngest child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Here she poses in her wedding dress

Background imageNecklace Collection: Romanian Women - Traditional costume

Romanian Women - Traditional costume
A pair of Romanian women, in traditional National costume. A particularly fine example of the highly-decorative embroidery emplyed to decorate the skirts

Background imageNecklace Collection: Hamer Woman, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Hamer Woman, Omo Valley, Ethiopia
Portrait of Hamer woman, Dimeka, Omo Valley

Background imageNecklace Collection: QUEEN MARY (1867-1953). Queen consort of King George V of Great Britain. Photograph by W

QUEEN MARY (1867-1953). Queen consort of King George V of Great Britain. Photograph by W. & D. Downey, c1892

Background imageNecklace Collection: Shilluk Girl bearing extensive traditional scarfication

Shilluk Girl bearing extensive traditional scarfication
A Shilluk Girl bearing extensive traditional facial scarfication and wearing thick wood-block earrings - Upper Nile, Sudan, Africa. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageNecklace Collection: Bust of Queen Nefertiti, from the studio of the sculptor Thutmose at Tell el-Amarna

Bust of Queen Nefertiti, from the studio of the sculptor Thutmose at Tell el-Amarna
REV267404 Bust of Queen Nefertiti, from the studio of the sculptor Thutmose at Tell el-Amarna (painted limestone) (see also 114018)

Background imageNecklace Collection: The Odalisque (oil on canvas)

The Odalisque (oil on canvas)
CH421582 The Odalisque (oil on canvas) by Muller, Charles Louis Lucien (1815-92); 121.5x87 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; French, out of copyright

Background imageNecklace Collection: Young girl of Carovilli, Molise, Italy, 19th century

Young girl of Carovilli, Molise, Italy, 19th century. She wears a kerchief artfully folded around her head, and a symmetrical motley of patterns of gold braid and embroidery

Background imageNecklace Collection: Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, second wife

Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, second wife to Henry VIII 1501-1536. Depicted as she appeared in France with Mary Tudor. She wears a gable hood chaperon with hanging tail, low-cut bodice

Background imageNecklace Collection: Marie of Anjou, Queen of France, wife of King Charles VII

Marie of Anjou, Queen of France, wife of King Charles VII. She wears a truncated hennin, jeweled necklace, and black velvet robe lined with ermine, crakows or poulaines

Background imageNecklace Collection: Jahangir and his Father, Akbar, Folio from the Shah Jahan Album, verso: ca

Jahangir and his Father, Akbar, Folio from the Shah Jahan Album, verso: ca. 1630; recto: ca.1540-50

Background imageNecklace Collection: Fabulous Feather Headdress - 1920s Fashion

Fabulous Feather Headdress - 1920s Fashion. Date: 1920s

Background imageNecklace Collection: The Duchess of York at the time of her wedding, 1923 (1935)

The Duchess of York at the time of her wedding, 1923 (1935). Ardath cigarette card, from a series of 50 commemorating the Silver Jubilee of King George V, 1935



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"Adorned with Elegance: The Timeless Allure of the Necklace" From the regal neck of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the fashion-forward vision of Gabrielle Coco Chanel, the necklace has long been a symbol of grace and sophistication. In a captivating portrait captured by Madame Yevonde, Deborah Mitford showcases her impeccable style with a stunning necklace that accentuates her beauty. But it's not just royalty and celebrities who have embraced this exquisite accessory. Under an umbrella in Sapa, Vietnam, Hmong children wear necklaces as they navigate through the monsoon season, adding a touch of color to their lives amidst rainy days. Even Native American chiefs like PETALESHARO II recognized the significance of necklaces. As Man Chief or Chaui, he adorned himself with intricate pieces that reflected his status and cultural heritage. In an unexpected twist, we witness a nun defying conventions as she glides on a skateboard while wearing her modest habit and delicate necklace – proving that even within tradition, individuality can shine through. Traveling back in time to Bess of Hardwick's era reveals how necklaces were cherished by women throughout history. ELIZABETH TALBOT's elaborate piece showcased her wealth and power as Countess of Shrewsbury during the 16th century. The influence of jewelry extends beyond individuals; it also holds archaeological value. Gold Lunulae discovered in St Merryn, Cornwall from Early Bronze Age exemplify how these precious adornments have fascinated humanity for centuries. Artists immortalize beauty through their masterpieces too. Leonardo da Vinci's Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani depicts elegance personified as she delicately cradles an ermine while donning an enchanting necklace around her graceful neck. Lina Cavalieri captivated audiences not only with her mesmerizing voice but also with her striking appearance enhanced by opulent necklaces fit for an opera diva. Her allure continues to inspire generations.