Sunday, 16 January 2011

PAUL FLATO: a 195 carats citrine bangle!

Paul Flato was born in 1900 in Flatonia, Texas. He opened his first shop in the Fifth Avenue in New York in the 1920s. He was a pioneer focusing on design rather than stones and during the 1930's he hired great designers, including Fulco di Verdura. Even though his branch in Sunset Boulevard was open only for two years he was a favourite to actresses like Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo. In 1970, he went to Mexico DF where he lived and worked for more than 20 years.

This bangle with an original design and a 195 carats citrine looks as modern today as it must have been in the 1940's when it was produced. Both the bangle and the ring below will be auctioned by Sotheby's New York on February 2nd.