Christmas Balls

From the Cynthia Rybakoff archives, here's an understated holiday look from 1989. I'm not going to exaggerate the time and effort that went into gluing each Swarovski crystal and vintage bugle bead, one piece at a time, with tweezers and delicate fingertips, to this 3 tiered neck piece with a zillion sparkling baubles. If made today, the piece would retail for about $18,000.

The necklace was part of a collection designed for the Fall/Winter Isaac Mizrahi runway show, and included a braided suede wrist wrap, that doubled as a necklace. The versatility of this piece is nicely demonstrated in this not at all provocative ad for Harvey Nichols.

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