The cover of the catalogue for our upcoming Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale in Geneva on 17 May is graced by this spectacular demi-parure by Van Cleef & Arpels (Lot 493), which is truly a magnificent jewel in every sense of the word.


VERY IMPORTANT AND UNIQUE GEM SET AND DIAMOND DEMI-PARURE, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS, 1960S.
ESTIMATE CHF1,440,000–2,400,000.

It is one of the finest examples of the highly chromatic jewellery produced by VCA in the late 1960s. Comprising emeralds, rubies, diamonds and pearls, the necklace takes the form of a traditional Indian 'Thali' collar. The necklace supports a detachable pendant which can cleverly also be worn as a brooch.

When I discussed the necklace with some fashionable women over lunch the other day, they envisioned this being worn over a very simple black outfit - maybe a roll neck sweater in winter or a sleeveless dress in summer – perhaps with red shoes or a clutch to accent the rubies.

This statement necklace is very fashionable at the moment. High street stores are teaming with multi-row collared necklaces such as this one, but isn’t it always better to have the original?

The Magnificient Jewels and Noble Jewels sale is in Geneva on 17 May.

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17 May 2016 | Geneva