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  • Place of origin:

    USA (made)

  • Date:

    1940-1950 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Flato, Paul, born 1900 - died 1999 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, brilliant-cut diamond

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This necklace was probably designed by the American jeweller Paul Flato and its bold, chunky form is characteristic of his work. Although Flato used gold prominently in many of his pre-war pieces, in this example it also reflects the increased use of gold in jewellery during the 1940s and 50s. This was a result of wartime platinum requisitioning for use in the armaments industry.

Paul Flato enjoyed his greatest success during the 1930s and 40s, when his innovative and often whimsical jewellery was worn by both society ladies and Hollywood stars alike. Many actresses wore his jewels on-screen, including Greta Garbo in Two-Faced Woman,and Rita Hayworth in Blood and Sand.

Physical description

Necklace of gold spheres with a brilliant-cut diamond.

Place of Origin

USA (made)


1940-1950 (made)


Flato, Paul, born 1900 - died 1999 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gold, brilliant-cut diamond


Depth: 2 cm, Diameter: 15 cm

Descriptive line

Necklace made of gold spheres, with brilliant-cut diamond, probably made by Paul Flato, USA, 1940-50.


Gold; Diamond


Jewellery; Metalwork; Accessories


Metalwork Collection

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