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Sapphire and Diamond Draped Necklace


This gorgeous mid-century sapphire and diamond necklace unites playful motifs with serious gems. Its rich deep blue sapphires, draping softly across the neckline under their own weight, alternate with bold diamond buckles and curly volutes (referred to whimsically in French as “copeaux,” or wood shavings). With its classic and crisp gem palette of blue and white, set in gleaming platinum, this dynamic design makes a perfect pairing with a gown for a celebratory occasion.


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Item #: N-16457
Country: France
Circa: late 1940s-1950s
Size: 14.5” length (with later 2" extension), 1.625” width (at the center of draping)
Materials: 162 Round- and oval-cut sapphires (approximate total weight 25.00 carats); 153 Baguette-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 9.00 carats); 104 Round-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 14.40 carats); Platinum
Signed: French control marks

These wonderful drapery necklaces, with their dynamic sense of movement, came into vogue in Paris in the mid to late 1930s when playful curves and volume replaced pure geometry in the work of the leading Parisian jewelers, including Van Cleef & Arpels.