The last of the 'Robber Baron' heiresses, Hugette Clark, died about a year ago. Her jewels are to be auctioned off at Cristie's on April 17th. Hugette spent most of her life as a recluse, from 1930 onwards. However, she did enjoy her wonderfully over-the-top jewels prior to (and I suspect after) her self-imposed confinement. Here is a wonderful photo of her wearing two of the bracelets that will be auctioned:
And here is one bracelet:
And then there are the two massive diamonds, both of which were worn as rings by Hugette, estimated to sell for $6-8 million and $2-3 million respectively:
Raised in Manhattan, Connecticut, and Norway, Christa Pirl received a BFA in Interior Design at Parsons School of Design in NYC. During her time at Parsons she studied abroad in London and Paris. Upon graduation, Christa worked in such diverse cities as New York, Honolulu, Oslo, and Auckland.
In early 2005 she established Christa Pirl Interiors, concentrating on contemporary, eclectic, and livable residential interiors.
After six years in the design field, Christa returned to school to complete a Masters of Fine and Decorative Art History at Sotheby’s Institute. While at the Institute she worked with the reputable English furniture dealer Hyde Park, and experienced life behind the scenes at many of the best known art and furniture galleries in New York. With her specialized knowledge of antiques and art, she always integrates unique objects into each space, reflecting her client’s personality and history.
In 2009 Christa moved her business to Salt Lake City. In addition to running Christa Pirl Interiors, she teaches design history and sits on the local ASID board.