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Necklace

1940-1950 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gold, brilliant-cut diamond
Brief Description
Necklace made of gold spheres, with brilliant-cut diamond, probably made by Paul Flato, USA, 1940-50.
Physical Description
Necklace of gold spheres with a brilliant-cut diamond.
Dimensions
  • Depth: 2cm
  • Diameter: 15cm
Credit line
Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein
Summary
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.
Other Numbers
  • LOAN:AMERICANFRIENDS 152-2003 - Previous loan number
  • 108 - Goldstein Collection number
Collection
Accession Number
M.138-2007

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record createdJanuary 17, 2008
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