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1953 Margaret De Patta Born: Tacoma, Washington 1903 Died: Oakland, California 1964 white gold and baroque pearl 7/8 x 5/8 x 1 1/8 in. (2.3 x 1.7 x 2.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1969.79 Not currently on view

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Margaret De Patta emphasized the irregular shape and iridescent cobalt color of this baroque pearl by setting it without any visible prongs or bezels. The lustrous white gold and the hole in the side of the setting allow even more light to reflect off the pearl. Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, a well-known figure from Europe’s Bauhaus design school, once told De Patta to “[catch] your stones in the air . . . don’t enclose them.” De Patta made three different rings in this design, all of which now belong to museum collections.


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