Snake necklace. Cartier Paris, special order, 1968

Nick Welsh, Cartier Collection © Cartier. Platinum, white gold and yellow gold. 2 473 brilliant‐  and baguette‐cut diamonds, weighing 178.21 carats in total. Two pear‐shaped emeralds (eyes). Green, red and black enamel. Length 57.0 cm. Made as a special order for María Félix. Mexican diva and archetypal Latin femme fatale, Félix (1914‐2002) carried on her acting career until the late 1960s. The actress, well known in Mexico and France for films.