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Wednesday, 2 March 2011

TIFFANY & Co: A Carved Jadeite Art Deco Necklace


It's auction season again! In march we will have Skinner in Boston and Sotheby's, Christie's and Bonhams in London and in April the Magnificent jewels ones in Hong Kong and New York.

The necklace above will be auctioned at Skinner in Boston on March 15th, it is a very unusual necklace made by Tiffany & Co in the 1930's that displays seven oval carved jadeite plaques set in yellow gold and enamelled links with an octagonal carved jadeite pendant. It is probably one of the few Art Deco pieces in yellow gold that I have seen and it must be from the late 1930's in the transition towards the retro style when the use of yellow gold became extremely fashionable, although this was partly due to the need for platinum for the Second World War. The use of carved jadeite however, cannot be more pure Art Deco; the attraction by the exoticism of the ancient oriental cultures inspired many of the great master jewellers then.

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