NATURAL MULTI SAPPHIRE OVAL NECKLACE

natural multi sapphire oval necklace

Item #: 24928
Was $495
Now $299
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Effortless beauty

She was the daughter of a baker. He was one of the great masters of the High Renaissance. Let’s just say they had a thing for each other.

Master painter Raphael was infatuated with Margarita Luti, his mistress and model. They carried on their affair for years, Luti serving as inspiration for his paintings as well as his more amorous endeavors. Though little is known about Luti, perhaps Gustave Flaubert put it best: "She was a beautiful woman. That is all you need to know."

In Raphael’s portrait "La Velata," Luti’s serene beauty is obvious despite her slightly disheveled hair. Around this time, Raphael’s friend Castiglione had coined the term "sprezzatura," meaning a certain nonchalance that makes things seem effortless. Perhaps that’s what Raphael was going for, adorning her natural good looks with a stunning 18" necklace.

It’s this idea of enhancing effortless beauty that we’ve sought to capture with the Raphael Necklace. The necklace, 70 carats of multi-colored sapphires, captures the natural elegance that Raphael intended with his portrait. The woman in your life already has the appearance of a goddess. The best we can do is to not distract from it.

  • 70 carats total weight
  • 18” length with a 2” extender
  • (25) 12mm x 10mm and 9mmx 9mm multi sapphire ovals
  • Lobster claw clasp
  • Gold finished

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