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

Estimate:

120,000 to - 180,000 USD

Property of a Lady

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

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

Estimate:

120,000 to - 180,000 USD

Bid:

85,000

USD

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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.

In very good condition. Mounting stamped 18K and PLAT. The oval-shaped rubies, stated to weigh a total of 47.45 carats, and the round rubies, stated to weigh a total of 27.00 carats, are medium to medium deep slightly purplish red to strongly purplish red, slightly to moderately included. The diamonds, stated to weigh a total of 31.49 carats, are approximately F-G color, VS clarity. Fitted with a safety closure. A copy of a David Webb appraisal is available upon request.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. Illustrations in the catalogue may not be actual size. Prospective purchasers are reminded that, unless the catalogue description specifically states that a stone is natural, we have assumed that some form of treatment may have been used and that such treatment may not be permanent. Our presale estimates reflect this assumption.Certificates of Authenticity: Various manufacturers may not issue certificates of authenticity upon request. Sotheby's is not under an obligation to furnish the purchaser with a certificate of authenticity from the manufacturer at any time. Unless the requirements for a rescission of the sale under the Terms of Guarantee are satisfied, the failure of a manufacturer to issue a certificate will not constitute grounds to rescind the sale. Gemological Certificates and Reports: References in the catalogue descriptions to certificates or reports issued by gemological laboratories are provided only for the information of bidders, and Sotheby's does not guarantee and accepts no responsibility for the accuracy, terms or information contained in such certificates or reports. Please also note that laboratories may differ in their assessment of a gemstone (including its origin and presence, type and extent of treatments) and their certificates or reports may contain different results. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE. (edited)

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