My wife gave me a wonderful book last weekend
"The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor"
A book about her outstanding jewelry and the fabulous Sotheby's Auction in 1987.
The duke was known to have spent long hours in the pre-war years with Jeanne Toussaint of Cartier, and with Renee Puissant at Van Cleef & Arpels, both eminent designers in their field. The relationship between these two highly imaginative artist and their Royal client often produced jewels which were still considered "avant-garde" ten years after their completion. These jewels were to be the forerunners of the style of the late 1940s, when new designs began to emerge after the war.
The duke loved jewellery and took great trouble to choose jewels which his Duchess could wear to advantage on dress often designed as backdrops for particular pieces.
The Duchess of Windsor collection is one of the greatest jewellery collection I have ever seen. My new book is lying on my nightstand an well remain there for a very long time!
Today, I want to show you my favorite piece of the Duchess collection:
A RUBY AND DIAMOND NECKLACE, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS IN 1939
The two ribbons set with baguette diamonds and cushion shaped rubies respectively, the front supporting a detachable draped tassel set with similarly cut rubies and circular-cut diamonds.
Estimation: SF 1,200,000 - 1,500,000
SOLD FOR: for much more than the estimated price
Thanks to the photo source RD
allowing me the use!