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Burle Marx 18K Gold & Amethyst Modernist Ring

Burle Marx 18K Gold & Amethyst Modernist Ring

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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Designer Signed: Pre 1980: Item # 1409858
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An elegant 18K yellow gold ring set with a faceted amethyst by famed mid-century Brazilian designer Haroldo Burle Marx. The sculptural quality of the design is highlighted by the contrast of wire-brushed and polished surfaces surrounding the deep violet amethyst. The interior of the shank is fully signed "Burle Marx 18K" and has Brazilian hallmarks.

Burle Marx worked in Brazil, and his only international boutique was at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC. The Brazilian government commissioned him to make state gifts for Queen Elizabeth, Empress Nagako of Japan, Empress Farah Diba of Iran, Queen Margarethe of Denmark, Indira Gandhi, and many others. Among Hollywood royalty, he was a favorite of Merle Oberon and Natalie Wood.

Haroldo Burle Marx is well-known for jewels set with stones in "forma livre" (free-form) designs, but occasional pieces turn up with traditionally-cut stones. Some believe these designs were created in partnership with his brother, the noted landscape architect Roberto.
  • Origin: Brazil, ca 1970
  • Condition: excellent
  • Dimensions: 1" wide at crown tapering 3/16" at the back of the shank
  • Finger Size: 9
  • Weight: 15.8 grams
  • Approximate Gemstone Weight: 6.72 carats