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Huguette M Clark (1906-2011) was the daughter of one of the richest men in America, William A Clark, who made his fortune from a business empire which included banking and copper mining. Huguette was raised in the elite social circles of early 20th century New York and inherited her parent’s love of art and music.
In 1929, some of her own artwork was exhibited in the Corcoran Gallery. Early portraits of the heiress show her wearing art deco jewels from leading houses such as Tiffany & Co. After her father’s death in 1925, Huguette and her mother resided in an Italian palazzo-style residence on 5th Avenue.
This nine-carat pink diamond ring was platinum mounted by Dreicer & Co, a leading luxury French jeweller in the early 20th century. Dreicer & Co specialised in diamond and pearl-set jewellery and brought the latest jewels from Paris to New York. This Belle Époque ring was one of many pieces of exquisite jewellery stored in Huguette’s personal bank vault from the 1940s onwards.