ALDO CIPULLO Vintage 18kt White Gold Articulated 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 year 1972 was designed by the legendary Aldo Cipullo! 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 crafted in solid, smoothly polished 18kt white gold and features a fantastic articulated design. An elongated cutout oval rests in the palm of the hand and all five fingers are jointed for wonderful movement. The hand hangs from a decorative swinging white gold bail which is hinged to the top of the piece. The back of the pendant reveals several markings including "1972©", "A. CIPULLO", and "18K". This magnificent piece by a legendary maker looks perfect worn on a white gold chain and would make a very fashionable addition to any collection!
Measurements: The entire pendant hangs approximately 2 7/8" long, measures 1 1/2" at its widest point, and is 1/8" thick. The bail measures approximately 3/16" deep.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the white gold. The bail is secure and in good working condition. All of the finger joints are in excellent working condition.