A pendant watch with basket motif
Cartier Paris, 1909
Platinum, gold, rose gold, diamonds, of translucent grey-blue enamel on a gold guilloche patterned background
Length of the pendant: 3.03 cm
Geneva, Collection Cartier, Inventory no WN 11 A09
Nellie Melba (1861-1931) was the first Australian soprano to succeed in building an international career as an opera singer. In 1886, she travelled to Europe to embark on an operatic career as a soprano. It is at the Munt Opera House in Brussels that she will make her debut as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto. Later, she will sing at Covent Garden, or the Royal Opera House, at the Met in New York and all across opera houses worldwide. A great socialite by nature, she mingles with European nobility. She too possesses an extensive jewellery collection which she would wear during her performances. Always outfitted by Worth, at that time the famous Parisian fashion designer, and wearing her own diamond jewellery, Melba would become the first Diva of the operatic world.