"Pendants Pending" earrings

Designed by Man Ray (American, 1890–1976), Made by GEM Montebello (active 1967–1978)

Object Place: Milan, Italy


Overall: 19.1 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm (7 1/2 x 1 x 1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

18kt gold

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry


Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

18kt gold spirals, signed and numbered from an edition of 12. According to invoice, “Made in 1970 in the form of lampshades which appear in a photograph of Catherine Deneuve taken by Man Ray 1966.”

In 1967 designer GianCarlo Montebello opened the GEM MONTEBELLO workshop in Milan with the express intention of collaborating with European and American artists. Seeking to erase the boundaries between art and craft, the atelier took advantage of Milan’s longstanding goldsmithing tradition to create specially designed art jewelry. Man Ray designed the Pendants Pending earrings based on a series of spiral-form lampshade sculptures he created in the early twentieth century. In about 1970, Gem Montebello made an edition of twelve pairs of these large-scale earrings, which hang almost to the collarbone. The earrings convey Man Ray’s Surrealist ideas in their impressive scale, unusual use of a domestic object as inspiration for personal adornment, and punning title.


Each earring is marked on both detachable hoop and earring "750" "782 M1", third mark is "GEM" for the maker Gem Montebello
"Man Ray 7/12"
Box on back stamped in gold "GM Gem Montebello"; interior lining of box stamped in gold 'Man Ray"


1970, Joan Sonnabend; 2003, purchased by Daphne Farago (October 23, 2003); 2006, gift of Daphne Farago to the MFA (Accession date: January 25, 2006)

Credit Line

The Daphne Farago Collection


© 2011 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.
GianCarlo Montebello curator of the GEM MONTEBELLO Archives