An exceptional vintage ruby + diamond bib necklace, crafted during the mid ‘30s – ‘40s. Hand constructed in vibrant 18K yellow gold and 14K white gold, with slightly purplish red rubies and sparkling diamond accents. Featuring floral accents and a decorative clasp.
This incredible piece comes from the estate of Marjorie and Floyd W. Jefferson of NYC and Greenwich, Connecticut and is part of a demi-parure that also includes a bracelet and earrings. Though not verified, family history has it that this suite was created by the famed jeweler Carlos Alemany who is most known for creating the Salvador Dali Jewel Collection in collaboration with the prominent surrealist.
Despite the tumult and hardship of WWII, the 1930s and ‘40s offered a distinct style and luxury all its own. As the harsh angles and strict geometric lines of the Art Deco period began to soften, jewelers such as the famous Van Cleef & Arpels began to embrace graceful and organic curves, botanical motifs, and vibrant colors. Influenced by the lavishness of Hollywood glamour, the Retro Modern era is known for romantic and feminine motifs such as bows, flowers, and ribbons. Designs often feature vivid gemstones, dramatic statement pieces, and two-tone gold.
This is a one-of-a-kind estate item, fully restored to a showroom finish. This necklace has an appraised value of $57,000.
Materials & Measurements:
18K yellow, 14K white gold, 60ctw rubies, 3.7ctw diamonds
We provide a complimentary appraisal ($85 value) as well as complimentary appraisal updates for the lifetime of this piece of jewelry.
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