This particularly sumptuous example truly carries the Alhambra’s lucky aura. Seven years ago, the piece caught the eye of a fashionable lady rifling through a thrift shop; the necklace was assumed to be set with rhinestones or crystals, and was purchased for only $25. Later, when her children inherited the necklace in a box of costume jewelry, they noticed a remarkably similar piece in a Van Cleef & Arpels advertisement. Upon entrusting the necklace to Sotheby’s, the family was elated to discover the precious rarity of their quite lucky ‘Magic’ Alhambra necklace.
This design, and the fortunate story that accompanies it, serves as a reminder that jewels can be iconic not just for their appearance, but also for the emotions associated with wearing them.
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