A unique artist jewel designed by the Italian painter Afro Basaldella that epitomises the elegance and glamour of the Via Veneto during the height of La Dolce Vita in Rome in 1960.
The gold necklace with three abstract repoussé pendants set with rose-cut diamonds and facetted emeralds in kinetic drops, all suspended from a circular torque.
The soft colour of the gold was especially chosen to resemble the gold of the ancient Romans.
The necklace was made in the workshop of the goldsmith Diderico Gherardi for Mario Masenza who commissioned unique jewels from the young artists of the Rome School including Afro and his brother Mirko Basaldella.
These jewels were sold from Mario Masenza’s shop on the Via del Corso mainly to wealthy Americans visiting Rome as part of a Grand Tour after the Second World War.