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Property of a Lady

David Webb | Ruby and Diamond Necklace 紅寶石配鑽石項鏈

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December 7, 08:52 PM GMT


120,000 - 180,000 USD

Lot Details


Property of a Lady

David Webb | Ruby and Diamond Necklace

Of fringe design, featuring oval-shaped rubies surrounded and accented by round rubies and diamonds, length 16½ inches, signed Webb; circa 1965. With signed pouch.

This spectacular ruby and diamond necklace epitomizes the high glamour of the 1960s, a time when Babe Paley and Gloria Guinness swanned through the Plaza Hotel; Elizabeth Taylor dripped in diamonds from Richard Burton; and Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida and Ava Gardner graced the red carpet, giving performances as awe-inspiring as those on the silver screen.

With a fringe of ruby and diamonds clusters, the necklace represents a departure for David Webb, best known for bold, sculptural jewels enhanced with enamel and large, sumptuous cabochons. In a refreshing twist, diamond-framed rubies alternate with ruby-on-ruby drops, a design choice more in-keeping with works by 21st century jewelers.  The piece was selected by a prominent entrepreneur who, known for his creativity and appreciation for the rare and unusual, purchased the necklace as a gift for his beloved daughter