The Diamond and Ruby Necklace of Wallis Simpson (who became The Duchess of Windsor). This necklace is a true masterpiece of the art of jewelery-making. It was designed by Rene-Sim Lacaze and executed by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1938. The clasp is engraved with a loving inscription from the Duke: “My Wallis from her David, 19.VI.1936”. The platinum-set necklace was a special order commissioned by the Duke of Windsor (former King of England) as a 40th birthday present for the Duchess.
Duchess of Windsor's Ruby Set ;The union of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor lasted for 35 years until the Duke’s death in 1972. During the period, the former King lavished his wife with many exquisite gifts of jewellery which the Duchess wore to great effect. Pieces in this set were given at various times but each has a special meaning.
Emerald of the Day this Month of May: A 1938 piece from “Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels,” the Cooper-Hewitt exhibit curated by Sarah Coffin, designed by Patrick Jouin and running through July 4, 2011. This spectacular emerald, diamond and platinum necklace is on loan from a private collection.