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Object of Desire: Van Cleef & Arpels Esma Necklace

By Caroline Suganda

Luminous and fiery in colour, the ruby is a stone usually associated with nobility. Smooth- polished rondelles of ruby beads, unlike the faceted form, possess a different kind of charm. Strung into a sautoir necklace, the rubies exude a sense of Old World charm; it’s laid- back luxury without the extra effort. It’s a necklace style that recalls the free-spirited bohemian era of the ’70s, a time of cultural melting pots brimming with exotic, ethnic styles. So how does one wear this? Drape the strands of this ruby-bead sautoir over a kaftan, and pair it with other bejewelled adornments on the wrist. Or use it as an accent piece over a simple neckline or solid colour so it can take its dazzling place at centre stage. 

Van Cleef & Arpels Esma white and pink gold necklace with ruby beads, mauve sapphires, amethysts, lapis lazuli and  diamonds, price on request.