River Tay Pearl Necklet
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.