This elegant silver necklace is set with dozens of pieces of mother-of-pearl surrounding an oval amethyst, a stone that has always connoted nobility and distinction. The simplicity of the design, without the intricate flourishes characteristic of the Victorian era, places this necklace within the modern aesthetic. While the floral motifs and curved lines show an influence of the art nouveau style, the symmetry of the composition and geometrization of the forms point to a sensibility for art deco. Unknown donor.

Adoption price: $250