Unsigned Italian necklace and earrings by Baroness Luciana Aloisi de Reutern, who designed for Gucci and Elizabeth Arden and also exported directly to the United States. Circa 1965.
Also known as Luciana di Roma. Author Denna Farneti Cera states on p. 221 in her book Amazing Gems: "Luciana's unusual genius enlivened the costume jewelry world beginning in the war years and then led to her even greater reputation in the coming years.
In her book European Designer Jewelry - Ginger Moro says "Luciana sold her jewelry to the Parisian couturiers Dior and Cardin, as well as the finest department stores: Harrods in London; Bergdorf Goodman and Bonwit Teller in New York" Luciana says she even designed for Cartier. Ginger dedicates 2 pages 220-221 to Luciana and her story.
Please refer to pages in the photos. Please enjoy the video of this fabulous necklace.
Purchased From Ginger Moro Collection
This fabulous necklace has dimensional layered looking articulated sections with a hook and chain at the back, and brilliant very large glass stones in Amber, topaz and jonquil yellow. The emerald cut stones are unfoiled and openbacked. The photos do not capture the brilliance and quality of the stones. . The metal is gold tone with a uniformly darkened finish. The surface of the metal is very finely satin like texture. There are small regular marks on some of the chain links; they may say Italy. This is the absolute typical chain link hook closure. Gilt Brass.
I believe this may be part of a collection she designed for Ken Scott in Milan. It is described as a textured look, flexible "fish scale" design.
All of her pieces were made by hand in her workshop in Rome.
I estimate the wearable size of this to be between 14-15 inches, I can easily add a few links for an extension if you desire.
The widest point of the necklace in the center is 1.5 inches, the earrings are 1 3/8 X 3/5 inches.
This item is in Good Vintage condition, some wear, and some discoloration as shown in the photos.
Still so very RARE, especially with this provenance.
Ginger and I were friends for many years. I was actually the webmaster for her vintage jewelry site.
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