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Necklace with a cameo of Elizabeth I

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The pendant brooch hangs on a choker-length chain composed of bezel-set pearls, graduated in size, which alternate with silver-on-gold closed-prong settings of old mine-cut diamonds. These elements are connected by gold links. The necklace terminates in a gold rectangular box clasp; two rows of...

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Mrs. N in a rectangle on underside of clasp. "G. Bissinger" is scratched on the reverse side of the cameo.


By 1984, with Wartski Ltd, London, England; 2010, purchased by the MFA (Accession date: January 26, 2010)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Susan B. Kaplan

English, about 1890


Height x width x depth x length: 3.8 x 3.1 x 1 x 36.5 cm (1 1/2 x 1 1/4 x 3/8 x 14 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gold, silver, diamond, emerald, pearl, and agate


Textiles and Fashion Arts


Jewelry / Adornment, Necklaces, Neck Bands