Lot 407
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18 Karat Gold, Platinum, Colored Stone and Diamond Necklace and Earclips, Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co.

125,000 - 175,000 USD
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  • Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co.
  • gold, platinum, colored stone, diamond
The necklace composed of variously-cut tanzanites, rubellites, peridots, tourmalines and topazes, accented by x-shaped motifs set with round diamonds weighing approximately 18.30 carats, internal circumference 17 inches; together with earclips of similar design set with pear-shaped tourmalines and cushion-cut kunzites, accented by round diamonds weighing approximately 2.30 carats, signed Tiffany & Co., Paloma Picasso. With signed box.


Tiffany Colored Gems by John Loring, page 205.

Tiffany in Fashion by John Loring, a photograph by Kenro Izu of Paloma Picasso wearing this set appears in this book (above).

Catalogue Note

Paloma Picasso might easily have chosen to eschew creative pursuits so as not to be compared to her father, painter Pablo Picasso. Instead she began designing jewelry as a teenager and found her own artistic voice in a completely different medium. Paloma’s early success making avant-garde theatrical costumes led her to study jewelry design and by the age of 21 she was creating accessories for friend Yves Saint Laurent, as well as Greek jewelry house Zolotas.

Paloma first met John Loring in Venice when she was just 16, at the home of famed art collector Peggy Guggenheim. Years later, when Loring was named Design Director for Tiffany & Co. he knew immediately that her style was perfectly suited to “take Tiffany into the 21st century.” Paloma Picasso joined Tiffany in 1980 to instant success, beginning a partnership that still thrives 35 years later.

Picasso’s bold use of colored stones and broad strokes of yellow gold combine for an unmistakable style. The one-of-a-kind necklace shown here features an impressive collection of multicolored gemstones including and tourmaline, tanzanite, peridot, aquamarine and topaz. This spectacular piece was created in 1985 to mark Picasso’s 5th anniversary with Tiffany & Co., incorporates the “X” motif that was her first design for the company, and epitomizes 80s glamour.