After long-term negotiations with the owner, Tbilisi Art Palace Museum has acquired Georgian Queen Darejan Dadiani’s (King Erekle II’s wife, 18th century) unique pendant with the financial support of Georgian doctor Zaza Chanturaia.
During the pandemic, when there are no visitors in the museum and revenues are significantly reduced, it would be impossible for the museum to acquire the unique pendant (may be earring according to another version) without the financial support of Georgian doctor Zaza Chanturaia… He paid almost half of the money in order to save the jewelry from being sold abroad”, the museum’s General Director Giorgi Kalandia told Agenda.ge.
Giorgi Kalandia said that before her migration to Russia, the Queen left her pendant in Georgia to her maid.
The pendant is decorated with pink diamonds, rubies and large Indian emeralds (three carats each). Photo: Tbilisi Art Palace Museum.
The jewelry of Georgian kings and queens from their personal collections is not preserved in Georgia because of frequent enemy invasions of the country in the past. That is why this pendant is so valuable for Georgian heritage”, said Kalandia.
When the coronavirus pandemic is over, visitors will be able to see the unique pendant in the Tbilisi Art Palace Museum.