Art Smith (American, born Cuba, 1917–1982). <em>New Orleans Necklace</em>, ca. 1962. Silver, three semi-precious stones: Labradorite (?), 8 5/8 x 5 7/8 x 3/4 in. (21.9 x 14.9 x 1.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Charles L. Russell, 2007.61.6. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2007.61.6_PS2.jpg)

New Orleans Necklace

Artist:Art Smith

Medium: Silver, three semi-precious stones: Labradorite (?)

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 1962

Dimensions: 8 5/8 x 5 7/8 x 3/4 in. (21.9 x 14.9 x 1.9 cm)


Museum Location: Decorative Art, 4th Floor


Accession Number: 2007.61.6

Image: 2007.61.6_PS2.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
An organic, nearly circular collar, open at nape, with three asymmetrically placed pendants of oval-shaped, semi-precious cabouchon stones set into patinated conforming frames. The collar is formed from a piece of wire folded onto itself at proper right with the two ends forming the rest of the piece. The top segment is bent upward at bottom proper left to suspend a blue stone, and then curves around to form the collar. The bottom segment curves and coils down to support the largest of the three pendants, a yellow stone. The third and smallest pendant, a red stone, is suspended at bottom proper left from a ring that loops around the top and bottom segments of the wire.

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