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This #TBT features this month's birthstone: Amethyst! This beautiful amethyst necklace belonged to the Duchess of Windsor. She & her husband the Duke of Windsor were well-known jewelry connoisseurs and icons of style in the 20th century. In fact, they are regarded as one of the great private jewelry collectors of all time. This particular piece, an amethyst necklace by Cartier, was commissioned by the Duchess in 1947.

The Cartier bib-style necklace features 27 step-cut amethysts, a large heart-shaped amethyst in the front, turquoise cabochons, and brilliant cut diamonds, all set in gold suspended from a very strong gold rope-like chain. The Duke and Duchess provided most of the gems adorning the necklace, with the exception of the turquoise. The Duchess debuted the breathtaking piece in 1953 at a gala in Versailles. She wore the amethyst bib necklace with a strapless gown to highlight its Indian-inspired style and colorful stones, masterfully set in gold. After the Duchess’ death in 1986, the necklace sold at a Sotheby’s Geneva auction in 1987 for $605,000

This #TBT features this month's birthstone: Amethyst! This beautiful amethyst necklace belonged to the Duchess of Windsor. She & her husband the Duke of Windsor were well-known jewelry connoisseurs and icons of style in the 20th century. In fact, they are regarded as one of the great private jewelry collectors of all time. This particular piece, an amethyst necklace by Cartier, was commissioned by the Duchess in 1947. The Cartier bib-style necklace features 27 step-cut amethysts, a large heart-shaped amethyst in the front, turquoise cabochons, and brilliant cut diamonds, all set in gold suspended from a very strong gold rope-like chain. The Duke and Duchess provided most of the gems adorning the necklace, with the exception of the turquoise. The Duchess debuted the breathtaking piece in 1953 at a gala in Versailles. She wore the amethyst bib necklace with a strapless gown to highlight its Indian-inspired style and colorful stones, masterfully set in gold. After the Duchess’ death in 1986, the necklace sold at a Sotheby’s Geneva auction in 1987 for $605,000

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