Garnets were in vogue when Martha Washington received this necklace from England in January 1759. The semi-precious stones, ranging in color from deep pinks to purplish-reds, were probably mined in Bohemia, while the necklace's style and mounting suggest a Parisian maker. It ultimately retailed in goldsmith Susanna Passavant's Ludgate Hill shop, where the Washingtons' agent in London purchased it. Mrs. Washington's fondness for garnets is evident from the number of necklaces, earrings, pins, hair ornaments and rings she assembled for herself and her daughter, Patsy (1757-1773), in the 1750s and 1760s. Properly faceted and set, this hard stone out-sparkled even more costly precious gems such as diamonds. More

Date

c. 1759


People


Geography

  • Retailed - England
  • Probably made - France

Material/Technique

Silver, gold, rhodolite garnet


Dimensions

Overall: 17 1/2 in. x 5 in. (44.45 cm x 12.7 cm)
Overall (Diameter of rosette): 5/8 in. x 5/8 in. (1.59 cm x 1.59 cm)


Credit

Gift of Barnaby Conrad, 1989


Object Number

W-2212


Colors


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