this remarkable parure was created to contain 88 cameos and intaglios from the famed Devonshire collection this remarkable parure was created to contain 88 cameos and intaglios from the famed Devonshire collection this remarkable parure was created to contain 88 cameos and intaglios from the famed Devonshire collection this remarkable parure was created to contain 88 cameos and intaglios from the famed Devonshire collection this remarkable parure was created to contain 88 cameos and intaglios from the famed Devonshire collection this remarkable parure was created to contain 88 cameos and intaglios from the famed Devonshire collection this remarkable parure was created to contain 88 cameos and intaglios from the famed Devonshire collection this remarkable parure was created to contain 88 cameos and intaglios from the famed Devonshire collection this remarkable parure was created to contain 88 cameos and intaglios from the famed Devonshire collection this remarkable parure was created to contain 88 cameos and intaglios from the famed Devonshire collection this remarkable parure was created to contain 88 cameos and intaglios from the famed Devonshire collection

Seltene Edelsteine, Smaragde, Saphire,Perlen, Gemmen und Kameen in der berühmten Devonshire Parure, ein Meisterstück der Viktorianischen Juweliers und Goldschmiedekunst.
in ihrer natürlichen Form sind die Smaragdkristalle hexagonal. Damit möglichst wenig Verlust entsteht werden sie gewöhnlich quadratisch oder rechteckig geschliffen, mit diagonal zu den Kanten gestellten Facetten. Der berühmteste noch erhaltene Smaragd dürfte wohl der "Devonshire Smaragd" sein.

Petro II. Kaiser von Brasilien, schenkte ihn 1851 dem Herzog von Devonshire. dieser Stein wog ursprünglich 1347 Karat. Durch den Schliff wurde er zu einem Exemplar von 161 Karat von zwar guter, aber bei weitem nicht hervorragender Qualität reduziert. Der größte wirklich fehlerfrei Stein dürfte dem russischen zaren Nikolaus II. gehört haben. Mit seinen 30 Karat ist er zwar verhältnismäßig klein, dafür aber hat er eine unübertreffliche Farbe.



Left the Zenobia-costume from Worth,Paris, which the 8th Duchess of Devonshire,Louise, wore at the famous Devonshire Diamand Jubilee House Ball in the 1897
"...The skirt of gold tissue was embroidered all over in a star-like design in emeralds, sapphires, diamonds, and other jewels outlined with gold, the corners where it opened in front being elaborately wrought in the same jewels and gold to represent peacocks' outspread tails.
This opened to show an underdress of cream crepe de chine, delicately embroidered in silver, gold, and pearls and sprinkled all over with diamonds.
The train, which was attached to the shoulders by two slender points and was fastened at the waist with a large diamond ornament, was a green velvet... and was superbly embroidered in Oriental designs introducing the lotus flower in rubies, sapphires, amethysts, emeralds, and diamonds, with four borderings on contrasting grounds, separated with gold cord.
The train was lined with turquoise satin. The bodice was composed of gold tissue to match the skirt, and diamonds, and the front was of crepe de chine hidden with a stomacher of real diamonds, rubies, and emeralds. Jewelled belt. A golden crown incrusted with emeralds, diamonds and rubies, with a diamond drop at each curved end and two upstanding white ostrich feathers in the middle, and round the front festoons of pearls with a large pear-shaped pearl in the centre falling on the forehead." The Times

The coronation of Tsar Alexander II of Russian took place in 1856 and this remarkable parure was created to contain 88 cameos and intaglios from the famed Devonshire collection.

The Devonshire Parure. A masterpiece of Victorian jewelry, the parure showcases 88 priceless engraved gems, most dating from as early as ancient Roman times.
Consisting of seven pieces of jewelry the suite was made for Countess Granville to wear in Moscow at the coronation.
The most impressive being the huge stomacher. Sir Joseph Paxton chose C.F. Hancock to carry out the work and among the several claimants for the design were the Duke himself as well as Mr. Hancock.
The parure is mounted in enamelled gold and it is in the design of the enamelling that the term "Holbeinesque" has come to be recognised.
Other gems include Dom Pedro's Emerald. At 1,347 carats it is the largest single uncut emerald known today. Brought to England in the early 19th century, the emerald was purchased from Emperor Dom Pedro I, of the Brazils by William Spencer, 6th Duke of Devonshire.

Accompanying The Devonshire Parure, and Dom Pedro's Emerald is the Kniphausen "Hawk", a 17th century pouring vessel, said to have been the inspiration for Dashiell Hammett's Maltese Falcon. Encrusted with red garnets, amethysts, emeralds, and blue sapphires the vessel was made in 1697 for George William von Kniphausen, Count of the Holy Roman Empire.

Hancocks sold many such pieces, and, rightly, was recorded as the originator of the design.

 

Another picture of the Duchess wearing the derby diadem and her jewels.

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