Cf: Stefano Papi & Aelxandra Rhodes, "Famous Jewelry Collectors", Thames & Hudson, page 177 for an illustration of the above two cameos in the current setting and the Chaumet necklace from the 1940s.
Cf: Stefano Papi & Aelxandra Rhodes, "20th Century Jewelry & The Icons of Style" Thames & Hudson, page 312, for an illustration of the above two cameos in the current setting and a photo of Madame Ganna Walska wearing the cameos from ropes of ruby beads during the late 1930s.
While pursuing both her career as a great operatic diva Ganna also began to accumulate a fabulous, exotic and eclectic Jewellery collection, which favored fabulous carved Mughal emeralds mounted by Cartier, however much to the chagrin of Cartier she had a habit of constantly altering and adapting her acquisitions, returning the jewels to Cartier to be altered according to the latest whims of fashion. In 1941 with the encouragement of her sixth husband Theos Bernard, she purchased the historic 37-acre "Cuesta Linda" estate in Montecito near Santa Barbara, California, intending to use it as a retreat for Tibetan monks. Because of restrictions on wartime visas, the monks were unable to come to the United States. Walska divorced from Bernard in 1946 changing the name to Lotusland and devoted the rest of her life to redesigning and maintaining the estate's gardens. In 1971 in her eighties she consigned her Jewellery collection to auction with Parke-Bernet in New York to raise funds to secure the estates future for perpetuity.
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