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René Boivin | Gold, Ruby and Diamond Necklace, France

René Boivin | Gold, Ruby and Diamond Necklace, France

René Boivin | Gold, Ruby and Diamond Necklace, France

René Boivin | Gold, Ruby and Diamond Necklace, France


Composed of geometric gold links set with cabochon rubies, accented by round diamonds, bordered by gold ropetwists, internal circumference 16½ inches, signed René Boivin, with French assay and workshop marks; circa 1950.

In very good condition, with light wear to the mounting. French assay marks for 18 karat gold. The 25 rubies estimated to weigh a total of approximately 37.50 carats are medium slightly purplish red, moderately included. The diamonds estimated to weigh a total of approximately 4.00 carats are approximately F-G color, VS clarity. Width approximately ¾ inch. Highly flexible and bearing a nice weight, gross weight approximately 88 dwts. Accompanied by a Cailles & Salit certificate dated November 20, 2018.


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Accompanied by a Cailles & Salit certificate dated November 20, 2018.


The present necklace features the desirable combination of cabochon rubies, accented by diamonds, within an articulated gold geometric surround. The color combination evokes Mughal court jewelry, which most frequently employed deep rubies signifying blood, strength and life. The piece is designed to be supple, as Boivin looked to traditional fabric sources for the roped gold cord. This iconic Boivin design is every bit as wearable today as when it was first created.