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This diamond necklace by bulgari from fd gallerydesigned as a graduated line of collet set circular and old european-cut diamonds, set in platinum, circa 1958. The necklace was commissioned from bulgari in 1958, by madame helene propper de callejon, using old stones which had been gifted to her husband, eduardo propper de callejon. Eduardo propper de callejon worked in the spanish foreign ministry and was appointed by the spanish government to their embassy in paris in 1939. Shortly after, france fell to the germans and thousands, including eduardo and his family fled to southern france. They were faced with thousands of refuges who had assembled in front of the consulate in hopes of obtaining visas that would give them safe haven in spain. Defying orders from the foreign ministry, eduardo began issuing transit visas, and for four days between june 18-22 1940, he wrote visas for 30,000 fleeing jews, before being stopped and expelled by the spanish government, and reassigned to morocco. After the war, eduardo and his wife helene met with many of the families who they had helped with visas, and whose lives they had saved, and were given the gift of a group of 55 round diamonds, in gratitude for his heroism. These diamonds were later given to bulgari to be set into a riviere line necklace. Propper retired in 1965 and passed away in 1972, though on march 12, 2008, he was honored in jerusalem at a ceremony, in the presence of his children, where his name was engraved onto the wall in the garden of the righteous. Although unsigned, the letter from george bulgari attests to this necklace being by bulgari, and bulgari archivist amanda triossi had expressed interest in purchasing the necklace for the bulgari archives. Lobster closure. Platinum. Diamonds, 70 cts. Made in the usa. For more information please email our fine jewelry specialist or call 646-741-1856. Color: metallic

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Previously sold at: Moda Operandi