The tassel has been used as an ornament since at least the time of the ancient Egyptians – one of gold and silver was found in Tutankhamun’s tomb – but for fine jewelers its heyday was the 1920s, when the hem reached to the knee as waistline and necklines collapsed. The boyish silhouette of the flapper became the ideal, leading to the popularity of the sautoir, a long necklace often ending in a tassel, laced with small pearls or gemstones, that nestled against the sternum. It could twirl lazily as you engaged in sophisticated conversation over cocktail hour—a ritual born during that intoxicating era. Bulgari, the Rome-based house founded in 1884 by the Greek silversmith Sotirio Bulgari, was responsible for creating iconic versions of such Jazz Age trimmings and has never stopped innovating the form. A dangling tassel is the focus of this new jewel-encrusted convertible sautoir, which can be worn nine ways, including as a brooch, pendant or choker, and features a 10-carat antique cushion-cut ruby from Mozambique. Like the light at the end of Daisy Buchanan’s dock in ‘The Great Gatsby’, it’s made to glitter forever in the night sky. Bulgari Magnifica High Jewelry necklace, price on request, (800) 285-4274.
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