River Tay Pearl Necklet

by Clare
(Hull, England)

This is a necklet made specially as a commission piece for my mother by Cairncross the Perth jewellery company in about 1968. At that time my father was a solicitor in Perth and we were very friendly with Alistair and Jimmy Cairncross.

It was actually destroyed by a fire in our house in 1975 and was again "rebuilt" to their original design for which they still maintained the papers. The Amethysts were all that remained from the original. It would be interesting to know if they still have them to this day?

The necklet is about 16 inches long and is made up of 9 Amethysts (6 small and 3 larger) set in the intricate gold design and studded with 22 small Tay pearls. It is a beautiful piece and, of course, would now be irreplaceable as Tay pearls are no longer available in significant numbers.

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Jul 08, 2011
Lovely Necklace
by: Kari

Hi Clare, I really like the Scottish Pearl Necklet. It reminds me of some I saw in the British museum...very stately and elegant. I enjoyed visiting the Cairncross jewelry store in Perth and seeing the Abernethy Pearl there which was lovely. I also enjoyed seeing natural pearl necklaces that were in progress which the owner did not think he'd ever be able to finish now that the Scottish pearls are no longer gathered legally. Thanks so much for sharing and I think it is great that you had it rebuilt. It was too special to lose completely. I've always been partial to amethysts too. Wonderful natural pearl necklace!

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