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A DIAMOND RING, BY RAYMOND YARD
On occasion, Christie's has a direct financial int… Read more The winter of 1939-40 was enjoyable for David Rockefeller, the lengthening shadow of war notwithstanding. When not working on his doctoral dissertation, he was pursuing an idyllic courtship with Peggy McGrath, whom he had first met at a debutante party on Long Island. At Kykuit, the Rockefeller family’s house in Pocantico Hills, New York, David recalled how he and Peggy “listened to the player organ together or picnicked at some beautiful spot, where [they] would go on horseback,” and would take “long walks together through the woods, talking for hours on end.” Finally, in June 1940, David asked Peggy to marry him.This ring, selected from Raymond Yard for the occasion, featured a rectangular, step-cut diamond weighing 5.63 carats. In 1959, Peggy’s engagement ring was returned to Mr. Yard to be reset, with epaulet and triangular-cut diamonds added on either side of the central diamond. For David Rockefeller, meanwhile, the ring continued to represent the pinnacle of enlightened thinking. “Asking Peggy to marry me was the best decision I ever made,” he wrote many years later.THE COLLECTION OF PEGGY AND DAVID ROCKEFELLER
A DIAMOND RING, BY RAYMOND YARD

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A DIAMOND RING, BY RAYMOND YARD
Set with a cut-cornered rectangular step-cut diamond, weighing approximately 5.63 carats, with epaulet and triangular-cut diamond shoulders, 1940, ring size 7 1/4, mounted in platinum
By Raymond Yard, Unsigned
Accompanied by report no. 5182693608 dated 25 August 2017 from the GIA Gemological Institute of America stating that the diamond is D color, SI1 clarity
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David Rockefeller purchased the present lot from Raymond Yard in 1940. The ring was presented to Peggy McGrath upon her engagement to David. In 1959 the ring was returned to Raymond Yard, where Mr. Yard altered the design, integrating additional diamonds on either side of the center diamond.

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