Individual pendants: 1860-1900; chain: 1860-1880; necklace composed after 1900
Bequest of Vipont de R. D. Merwin
Vipont de Riviere Doane Merwin (1878-1965)
Vipont de Riviere Doane Merwin acquired a wide range of gems throughout her life. Vipont preferred late-Victorian and Edwardian jewelry, often altering pieces to create custom jewels. Among her most dramatic pieces are a peridot and gold necklace made from nineteenth-century earrings, a brooch, and a watch chain. Vipont kept a second brooch from the peridot set unaltered.