ALDO CIPULLO for CARTIER Vintage 18kt Ivory Hamsa Pendant
Italian jewelry designer Aldo Cipullo apprenticed at his father's jewelry factory in Florence before moving to New York in 1959. He began his career working for both Tiffany & Co. and David Webb, but soon transitioned to work as a designer for Cartier, where he left his mark on jewelry history forever. While at Cartier, Cipullo designed the iconic Love Bracelet, the Nail Collection, and the "Hamsa Hand" or "Hand of the Heart" pendant. He left Cartier in 1974 to work as a freelance designer, winning multiple awards and continuing to expand his prestige. Though he died suddenly in 1984, his legacy continues today, and his iconic designs are still ever popular and fashionable in the modern era.
This striking Vintage Hamsa hand pendant from the 1970's was designed by Aldo Cipullo for Cartier! The piece is very substantial in size and depicts Cipullo's interpretation of a Hamsa (Hebrew for "five"), which is a five-fingered hand believed to ward off the evil eye. The large pendant is carved from ivory (now a banned material) and set in vibrant 18kt yellow gold. An elongated cutout oval rests in the palm of the hand, encased in a yellow gold border and each of the five fingers is accented with a gold fingernail at the tip.The hand hangs from a decorative swinging gold bail, which is hinged to the top of the piece. The back of the pendant reveals several markings, including the official “Cartier” signature, "18K", "A. CIPULLO", "1972©" and "150.3". This magnificent piece by a legendary maker looks perfect worn on a gold chain and would make a very fashionable addition to any collection!
Measurements: The entire pendant hangs 2 7/8" long, measures 1 3/4" wide and is 1/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the carved ivory or gold setting. The bail is secure and in good working condition and all of the gold accents are intact.