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Necklace composed of gold links and five pendants. Each pendant set with faceted peridot. Chain composed of cast links. Pendants are composed of individual jewelry elements: a pair of earrings, a pair of matched pendants (possible earrings or brooches), and a large brooch. All have been modified from their original forms and attached to the chain with soldered jump rings. Chain closes with a thumb ring clasp.
"Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love from Historic New England": Vipont de Riviere Doane Merwin acquired a wide range of gems throughout her life. Vipont preferred late-Victorian and Edwardian jewelry, often altering pieces to create custom jewels. Among her most dramatic pieces are a peridot and gold necklace made from nineteenth-century earrings, a brooch, and a watch chain. Vipont kept a second brooch from the peridot set unaltered.
Bequest of Vipont de R.D. Merwin
1860-1900 and 1860-1880 (Individual elements 1860-1900; Chain 1860-1880; Necklace composed after 1900)
Title Brooch Accession Number 1966.2284