A FINE DIAMOND NECKLACE, MOUNTED BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS The front designed as three rows of old-cut diamonds alternating with smaller brilliant-cut diamonds to the cluster terminals and diamond twin line necklace, circa 1960, 39.9 cm. long, with French assay mark for gold, in Van Cleef & Arpels blue suede fitted case Signed Van Cleef & Arpels, No. M38007
NICHOLAS VARNEY Carnelian Beads with Gold and Diamond Ball Clasp
NICHOLAS VARNEY Carnelian Beads with Gold and Diamond Ball Clasp US 1980'sw New York artist jewelry designer, Nicholas Varney, created this wonderful combination of large, beautifully colored carnelian beads with a gold and diamond ball clasp. The beads are 20 mm; the necklace is 18 3/4" long. It is from the collection of Paige Rense, editor emeritus of Architectural Digest.
Giardinetti Necklace, c. 1760, gold, silver, diaminds, emeralds, rubies, The giardinetti jewel of which this necklace is an important example demonstrates that passion for colour and flowers characteristic of the eighteenth century decorative arts was not reserved for ceramics and textiles but was also expressed in jewellery. Worn like a garland round the neck the flowers would add a festive note to the toilette of the woman who wore it, and delight the eyes of all who saw her.