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Tuesday, 5 April 2011

The use of Rock Crystal in Art Deco by CARTIER




These three pieces signed by Cartier will be auctioned by Christie's NY on April 12th. Besides the maker, they all have two things in common: they belong to the abstract or geometric Art Deco period and they use Rock Crystal. This is a near colourless quartz that became very popular during this period because it was a great base for pieces to have the minimalistic appearance that was so sought after by Art Deco designers. It is not an expensive gemstone but it works beautifully in these pieces, even as a substitute for diamonds and conveys the pieces a very clean design.