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.
This is a brooch made by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1928. At the height of Art Deco, it must have been an unusual design at the time to choose an orchidn, which was one of the icons of the Art Nouveau period. The Art Deco features of this piece are the platinum setting with different cut diamonds: brilliant, pave, and baguette. The brooch is displayed at the Cooper-Hewitt.
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An art deco diamond giardinetto brooch, circa 1925 Set throughout with old brilliant, single, baguette and marquise-cut diamonds, with a step-cut diamond to the centre, all within millegrain settings, diamonds approximately 7.00 carats