Description & Technical information

Weight: 138g

Formerly belonging to Dame Nellie Melba.

Shorter Length of necklace 42cm / 16½''

Longer Length of Necklace

Length of corsage pendant section to front 13.5cm / 5 3/8''

Date:  1902
Period:  Early 20th century
Medium: Diamond, Pearl garland
Signature: Accompanied by SSEF report for the three pearls, giving a natural saltwater origin opinion, with weights of 8.396ct, 5.568ct and 4.984ct and their respective grain weights, and also that pearls show rose and green overtones.

Provenance: This piece, from the private collection of an English noble family, was manufactured by Cartier 1902 for the great soprano Dame Nellie Melba. It is unsigned, but has been authenticated by Cartier as one of the very first jewels to appear in their photographic archives. 
Melba was an Australian operatic soprano. She became one of the most famous singers of the late Victorian era and the early 20th century, and was the first Australian to achieve international recognition as a classical musician. She took the pseudonym "Melba" from Melbourne, her home town.
The purchase is recorded in the chronology of sales of Hans Nadelhoffer’s 'Cartier. Jewelers Extraordinary'.
The survival of a belle epoque jewel of this significance and value, with its design unchanged and in such excellent condition, is rare. Its importance is compounded both by provenance and the scarcity of notable Cartier pieces from this formative era.
Photograph of the necklace and details of Nellie Melba in the book 'Cartier - The Exhibition'.

Categories: Jewellery