Wednesday, 24 November 2010

A TIFFANY 1915 american sapphire and moonstone necklace

There are no better words to describe this piece than a direct quote for the Sotheby's catalogue for the next London sale on December 14th:

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933), first exhibited his jewellery at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St Louis in
Missouri, 1904. He only began designing jewellery after the death of his father Charles Tiffany in 1902. His early
collections took inspiration from nature and each jewel was a work of art in themselves, the present necklace is
more stylised and symmetrical with simpler lines. Using platinum for the setting allows for a very delicate piece. The
subtle use of combining moonstones and sapphires was particularly favoured by Tiffany and there are several
examples of jewels created in a similar manner. The sapphires are particularly striking with a distinctive bright
cornflower blue, these are typical of examples those of Montana sapphires. Tiffany, under the guidance of Dr.
George F. Kunz, Tiffany &Co.'s gemmologist, encouraged the use of American gemstones in his jewels, including
tourmalines from Maine, freshwater pearls from Mississippi and in this case sapphires mined from Yogo Gulch,
Montana. Intensive mining began in the 1890s and continued until 1923 when a flood and a possible earthquake
destroyed the mine. His jewels are signed, Louis C.Tiffany or Louis C.Tiffany Artist, after 1907, when the studio
moved address the jewels were stamped Tiffany &Co.

This other example of Louis Comfort Tiffany moonstone necklaces comes up for auction at Sotheby's NY on December 9th.