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EMERALD AND DIAMOND NECKLACE, 1930S

EMERALD AND DIAMOND NECKLACE, 1930S

EMERALD AND DIAMOND NECKLACE, 1930S

EMERALD AND DIAMOND NECKLACE, 1930S


Composed of graduated emerald beads, with geometric motifs set with brilliant- and single-cut diamonds, length approximately 450mm. 


Lots 16 and 18 were previously in the collection of Zoe Vachell. Vachell was born into a prominent Cardiff-based family, who owned significant portions of the city centre and were heavily involved in many facets of the city’s development and administration. Her father was a solicitor with his own firm, Vachell & Co., and her marriage in 1933 to the solicitor Raymond Clifford-Turner further deepened her lifelong association with the legal profession. Clifford-Turner’s career flourished, and his firm rose to international prominence throughout the following decades, merging with Coward-Chance in 1987 to become Clifford-Chance, one of the ten biggest law firms in the world. 


These two pieces, likely to have been designed and made around the time of Vachell’s wedding to Clifford-Turner in 1933, exemplify the increasing opulence of jewels during the 1930s. Spearheaded by prominent houses such as Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, jewels around this time retained the abstract geometry of earlier jewels in the Art Deco style, but pursued a bolder, more impactful aesthetic, as amply demonstrated here by the dramatic combination of diamonds and emerald beads.


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Unsigned. Emerald beads of medium green colour, included, surface reaching inclusions throughout. Fractures, scratches and cavities visible. A few small beads are split around drill-holes. General condition of emeralds commensurate with wear. Emerald beads measuring approximately from 10.00 - 5.1mm. Diamonds bright and lively, estimated clarity approximately SI1/SI2, some I. Scratches and discolouration to metal surfaces. Signs of solder visible. Clasp opens easily, however it closes securely. Overall in good condition. Gross weight approximately 62.8 grams.

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