Saint Cecilia

A RUBY, DIAMOND AND GOLD NECKLACE, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

A RUBY, DIAMOND AND GOLD NECKLACE, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

November 22 is Saint Cecilia’s day. Saint Cecilia is the patron Saint of Musicians. One of my musical daughters was born on this day too.
Saint Cecilia is usually depicted as a musician, and in this late 19th Century stained glass window in St Paul’s Church in Alliston Ontario, Canada, she carries an instrument. Any artist has the opportunity to interpret their subject, and in this depiction, St Cecilia is wearing what appears to be a lovely ruby neckpiece. If she was depicted today, she might be wearing a ruby and diamond necklace such as lot 37 in the upcoming Dupuis Auction November 24, 2013. The cabochon rubies are bright and lively and are paired with fine diamonds, a beautiful duet, composed by maestro Van Cleef and Arpels. For more information, go to: http://bit.ly/1c9W6cq

Duncan Parker

About Duncan Parker

Duncan Parker, FGA, FCGmA, CAP (CJA), Vice President. Duncan is a columnist and contributor for industry magazines and journals. He has been an instructor of the gemstone course at Ryerson University, the Gemmology courses of George Brown College and Canadian Gemmological Association as well as instructor Master Valuer Program with the Canadian Jewellers Association. A renowned expert, he speaks regularly at international gem and jewellery conferences and symposiums, as well as at less formal events. He has served as President of the Canadian Gemmological Association since 1995. Before joining Dupuis Auctioneers, Duncan was a director of research at Harold Weinstein Ltd., a leading and respected jewellery appraisal company.
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