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Re: Which came first?
I totally agree Dmitry. These are two similar but different necklaces.
Looking at the illustration, it seems just a tad different. The "over and under" patterns of the lines of diamonds are different. In the actual necklace, for instance, both of the ribbons on either side of the central one go under the line of rubies. In the illustration there is one over and one under, as there is in the central element while the necklace shows the line of diamonds over the ruby line. The illustration doesn't have pearls mounted along the line of rubies, either.
The illustration may not be accurate, of course, or there were simply two necklaces of a slightly different style.
I recently saw the image below of some jewels displayed at the 1862 exhibition in Paris.
Two jewels caught my eye.
The first is the diamond, pearl and ruby necklace.
I wonder which came first? The Cromartie necklace or the one in the exhibition?
The Cromartie necklace (below) was offered for sale by Christie's in 2007.
According to Christie's the Cromartie necklace was made in 1849.
For more information on the Cromartie necklace see https://mb.boardhost.com/historyroyaljewels/msg/1556534906.html
If Christie's information is correct then the one displayed in Paris in 1862 is a copy (but not identical) of the Cromartie necklace.