A jewelled pendant inspired by a stunning piece of jewellery in the historic Waddesdon Bequest.
A beautifully-decorated hippocamp (mythological sea- horse) is suspended from a large jewel and bronze chain, set with enamel, olivine quartz, pearl, rainbow moonstone green onyx, amethyst, honey topaz and peridot.
About the Waddesdon range
Designed exclusively for The British Museum by Nicky Butler, this range of jewellery has been inspired by jewellery from the historic Waddesdon Bequest, donated to The British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Anselm Rothschild.
These designs have been based on elements from a jewelled gold pendant in the Bequest. The pendant is set with cabochon emeralds in the form of a hippocamp (a mythological sea-horse) ridden by a small female figure wearing a feather diadem and holding a trident. The body of the animal is chased with cartouches, enamelled, and set with graduated emeralds. The original piece is suspended from a double chain with four pearls, with a cartouche set with emerald and a pearl pendant suspended from it.
This range has been created by the designer using details of the original translated into his own design style and features semi-precious stones and pearls that evoke the feel of the original.
Each piece has been hand set by a dedicated team of artisans in Jaipur, India using stones personally selected for their quality and beauty by Nicky Butler.
Each piece comes with a card of provenance.