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.