Mackay Emerald Jewels | Berühmte Smaragde| Famous Gems Emeralds |
Ellin Mackay (1902-1988), journalist and novelist, married the famous American composer Irving Berlin in 1926. She was the daughter of Clarence Mackay, president of the American Post and Telegraph Company, and granddaughter of John Mackay, one of the discoverers of the famous Comstock Lode of silver in Nevada. Her Irish Catholic father was completely opposed to his daughter marrying the Orthodox Jewish Irving Berlin on religious grounds. Consequently, the couple married quietly in New York's Municipal Court. Ellin was barred from her family home by her father for her decision, which marked the start of the Berlins' 62-year marriage. Five years after her marriage, she was reconciled with her father.
After their first year of marriage, Irving Berlin gave this sautoir necklace mounted with emerald and diamonds to his wife Ellin. She is pictured above wearing this famous Cartier necklace, which was one of several commissions to Cartier from Berlin to mount emeralds from his wife's family's famous collection.
This necklace, with cluster motifs reminiscent of historical pieces, is composed of seven graduated square-cut and two pear-shaped emeralds set in circular and cushion-cut diamonds suspending a 60-carat rectangular-cut emerald with four shield-shaped diamonds accents, mounted in platinum.
The intensity of the emeralds yellow-green hue marks them as perfect examples of gems from the Muzo mine in Colombia, which produced the finest emeralds in the world.
Another Mackay emerald of 1168 carats was donated to the Smithsonian Institution in 1931 by Anna Case Mackay, the step-mother of Ellin Mackay.
Ellin also owned also this emerald brooch-clip from Cartier New York, ordered in 1937 in platinum with diamonds and emeralds, 5.46 x 4.9 cm. Now in the Cartier Collection Geneva.
On 8 October 2007, an important diamond and emerald sautoir was sold in Hong Kong by Sotheby's. It was described as an "IMPORTANT EMERALD AND DIAMOND SAUTOIR suspending a square antique step-cut emerald weighing approximately 47.60 carats, on an articulated chain set with brilliant- and step-cut diamonds together weighing approximately 19.15 carats, mounted in platinum, length approximately 450mm." Its provenance was given as Property formerly from the Estate of Irving Berlin and Ellin Mackay Berlin, and was previously sold by Sotheby's New York in April 1991.
It sold for $2,640,634 USD which included the buyer's premium.
Thank you to my dear Volker!
Sources: New York Times, Sotheby's, Smithsonian
Famous Jewels of American Heiresses:
Marriage Presents to the Heiress May Goelet | Duchess of Roxburghe
Pearl Drop Tiara | Primrose Rosebery Pearl Parure | Orientperlen | Diamond Jewels
Vanderbilt Jewels | Diamond Necklace - Mrs Vanderbilts
Doris Duke | Emerald Jewels | Diamond Necklace | Famous Jewellery Collection
Daisy Fellowes Tutti-Frutti Necklace - Royal Magazin
Thyssen Diamond Ruby Jewels | Famous Jewellery| Royal Diamond Stomacher
Diamond Jewels of the most beautiful women of her age - VIVIEN LEIGH ...
Emerald Jewels Isabel Anderson Weld Perkins | Famous Emeralds Important Jewelry | Gilded Age Heiress
Diamond Chain, Diamond Bow Brooch, Diamond Diadem |Anastasia Princess of Greece-Denmark|Royal Wedding Nancy Leeds - Diamond Tiara|Marriage Royal Jewels History
Anastasia Princess of Greece-Denmark|Famous Pearls Pearl strings Pearl necklace |Marriage Royal Jewels History Pearls
Anastasia Princess of Greece-Denmark| Emerald Diamond Tiara|Emerald Epaulette Brooch| Emerald Diamond Necklace|Nancy Leeds|Royal Jewels History Important Emeralds
Anastasia Princess of Greece-Denmark| Famous Emerald Tiara Emerald Brooch Long Emerald Sautoir |Nancy Leeds |Royal Jewels History Emeralds
Emeralds Emerald Jewels Barbara Hutton Grand Duchess Vladimir Imperial Jewels Importan Emeralds
Barbara Hutton Woolworth heiress| emerald and diamond tiara, consisting the emerald necklace that once belonged to Grand Duchess Vladimr, in a design by Lucien Lachassagne made by Cartier for her in 1947
Barbara Hutton | Royal Jewels | Famous Pearl Necklace of Queen Marie Antoinette of France | Important Collier - Pearls | Wedding Gift |Great Jewel Collector
IMPERIAL JADE JEWEL Necklace| Barbara Hutton Princess Mdivani | Royal Jewels
Pearl Jewels Barbara Hutton Pearls Jewels, American Heiress Barbara Hutton | Baroda Pearls Important Jewels Famous Pearls
American heiress Barbara Hutton famous ruby and diamond Necklace made by Chaumet | Ruby and Diamond Collier de Chien, Garlandstyle Ruby Dog Collar, Belle Epoque Choker with Ruby and Diamonds
Barbara Hutton Ruby and Diamond Necklace | Ruby Choker Tiara| Lotus Collier Diademe style Egyptian