AN EXQUISITE DIAMOND NECKLACE, ANGELA CUMMINGS, TIFFANY & CO.
Designed as a tapering openwork collar set with single-cut diamonds, mounted in platinum, in a leather envelope case--16 ins. long
Signed by Tiffany & Co., designed by Angela Cummings
An article that appeared in the October 1985 issue of "Connoisseur" called Angela Cummings, " the artist of female adornment." This designer truly creates feminine jewelry to accessorize a woman's costuming. By synthesizing elements found in nature with conventional jewelry materials, she creates classical styles that are as appealing today as when they were first introduced almost twenty years ago.
For the past two centuries, nature has inspired jewelry designers. Cummings reinterpreted this influence by transposing jewels into natural forms. Coral and black jade beads replicate a snake's skin; diamonds set into waves of platinum represent rippling water; and yellow, red and green gold and copper become autumn leaves. To quote from the above article, "What it (her jewelry) most evokes are the movement, traceries, textures, and light and shade of nature." Her jewelry indeed captures the essence of nature.
The illustrated necklace, designed during her tenure at Tiffany & Co., replicates a facet of nature overlooked by traditional jewelers...frozen droplets of water. Uneven branches of icicles are spangled with diamonds to simulate a frosty surface. The cool color of platinum enhances the wintry theme. Cummings created a necklace that is spectacular both on and off the neck.