What could be more romantic than an impromptu gift of rubies from your husband? That is precisely what happened to Elizabeth Taylor as she was doing laps in the pool of her rented house in the South of France when Mike Todd, her third husband, walked onto the terrace and waved a red leather case with ‘Cartier’ stamped in gold on the lid. The contents of the case matched the red leather, containing a suite of matchless rubies and diamonds set into earrings, a necklace and bracelet.
The necklace from the suite was my inspiration for this piece. I used Swarovski crystal bicones and seed beads in a cubic right angle weave (CRAW) stitch to simulate the diamonds, and two different sizes of Swarovski Siam pear shaped fancy stones to simulate the rubies, with the larger stone flanked on both sides by three of the smaller stone. Measuring 17 and 1/2 inches at the neck, this piece is 8 inches across at its widest point, features a 2 and 3/4 inch drop, and contains approximately 400 Swarovski crystals in total. A rhinestone studded round magnetic clasp completes the look.