Unique gold necklace set with emeralds and diamonds, c. 1960
18ct gold, diamonds, emeralds
Height central pendant 2.2in (5.5 cm)
Diameter torque 4.9in (12.4 cm)
Unique 18ct textured yellow gold necklace, c. 1960, comprising three repoussé abstract pendants set with a dozen small rose-cut diamonds and four facet-cut emeralds in kinetic drops, all suspended from a circular torque. Designed by the Italian painter Afro Basaldella (1912-1976) and made in the Rome workshop of Diderico Gherardi for Mario Masenza, Rome. Inscribed on the back of one of the pendants, Afro, MASENZA . ROMA.
Recorded in the Archivio Afro Fondazione, Rome.