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Verdura Rose Quartz and Cultured South Sea Pearl "Raja" Necklace

Dating from circa 2013, this rose quartz, cultured South Sea pearl and gold necklace is by Verdura. The necklace is formed of a double and triple strands of tumbled rose quartz beads interspersed with cultured baroque South Sea pearls, graduating in size from approximately 10.20 to 13.40mm, and highlighted by quatrefoil and spherical 18K beads, suspending a multi-strand rose-quartz and pearl tassel with a 20K gold wirework cap with granulation. Created from an opulent quantity of beautifully-matched rose-tinted quartz and velvety pearls with rose overtones, this luxurious necklace with high karat gold touches is both versatile and glamorous.

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Item #: N-20858
Artist: Verdura
Country: United States of America
Circa: 2013
Size: 40" length
Materials: 120 rose quartz beads; 18 South Sea cultured pearls; 40 18K gold beads; 20k Gold
Signed: VN5 194 on clasp
Documentation: Accompanied by a certificate from Verdura dated March 22, 2023, authenticating the necklace and identifying its production number as VN5194.

After the monumental jewelry exhibition at the Palais Galliera, Georges Fouquet identified "the great white silence" of the Art Deco. His remarks coincided with the beginnings of a new period of expressive color in jewelry design, led by members of the avant garde in small studios, art and couture. Among them was Fulco, Duke of Verdura, an early enthusiast for the return of color who began designing Byzantine-inspired jewlery in the 1930s while working with Coco Chanel in Paris. The Duke explored the use of all manner of forms of quartz to supply the hues for the sophisticated palette that characterizes his creations. One of his early works incorporating gem beads was his oversize brooch of tumbled pink quartz and aquamarine beads for Mrs. Fairfax Potter, later Lady Rothschild. As a witty objet d'art, he created a cigarette holder in precious materials using rose quartz to evoke a lipstick stained filter. The Duke loved quartz in all its forms, including milk chalcedony, red carnelian, and striped jasper, as well as moss agate, which he used to create "paesini" or little lanscapes in the Renaissance tradition.