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Friday, 28 October 2011

A magnificent Emerald Necklace by VERDURA


Fulco Verdura preferred working with semi-precious stones and less important raw materials, he wanted his pieces to be remarkable for their design and creative value, and no doubt they are, but when an impressive gemstone like this drop emerald is included then the creation is even more spectacular. Most likely, Verdura paid attention to the necklace and not so much to the detachable pendant. The design is very interesting and alternates baguette cut diamonds with brilliant cut ones and pave-set diamond pieces. The piece will be auctioned at Christie's Geneva on November 16th.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

MARCHAK: citrine and diamond bracelet


This is a beautiful bracelet signed by Marchak. It features a centre piece with a geometrical ribbon design and a pave set diamond knot. The bracelet is made of citrine stones set in a triple row and it conveys a rare warm feeling for a piece of jewellery. Russian jeweller Marchak was established in 1878 and reached his height in the Art Deco period; his pieces are very rare to find nowadays. This bracelet will be auctioned by Christie's Geneva on November 16th.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

A pair of JAR butterfly brooches


Sometimes when I write about a piece by JAR I wonder if I could be able to transmit the beauty and delicacy of his work, for the pictures never do. Unlike others, JAR's creations can only be appreciated when one actually sees them and they stand apart for the perfection of the craftsmanship and the unique use of colour. These butterfly brooches will be auctioned by Christie's Geneva on November 16th, the combination of pave-set coloured diamonds, sapphires and amethysts could only bear JAR's signature!.

There will also be three other minor pieces by JAR in the same auction and one should not miss the article about JAR's Imperial Topaz Earrings

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

MEISTER: swiss tradition in coloured gemstones


In 1881, Emil Meister, an accomplished goldsmith and designer founded the firm bearing his surname in Zurich. Upon his death in 1921, the firm was taken over by his son Eduard Meister (1880-1954). Walter Meister, the son of Eduard (1917-1986), added an heroical and silverware section to the establishment. He also developed the firm's reputation as specialist in coloured stones, for which they are now famous. The firm is currently run by the fourth generation. adrian Meister (b. 1952) heads the company, assisted by his brother Roland (b. 1964) who heads the silver department. They are celebrating the 130th anniversary.

This bracelet will be auctioned at Christie's Geneva on November 16th, it is signed EM Meister.

A very fine MUZO emerald ring

Muzo is the region from Colombia where some of the finest emeralds in the world are found. Sotheby's Geneva will be auctioning this incredible one. What it really makes it to stand out is the deep green colour, almost impossible to find untreated.

Monday, 24 October 2011

RUSER: A diamond flower brooch

William Ruser gained his early jewellery experience while working for Trabert & Hoeffer, Inc- Mauboussin in their Atlantic City shop. From there he was transferred to the Los Angeles branch as manager. After serving in the armed forces during World War II, he and his wife, Pauline, opened Ruser on Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, in 1947. He is most noted for his sculptural jewellery with pave-set diamonds, precious and semi-precious gemstones as well as his nature inspired jewellery featuring birds, butterflies, fish, flowers and swans. Hollywood stars regularly visited his salon. Ruser closed its doors in 1969.

The brooch above is a great example of his favourite designs, a pave set diamond flower brooch that could have inspired JAR! It will be auctioned in Geneva by Christie's on November 16th.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

AUCTION HIGHLIGHT: Christie's Geneva


Christie's Geneva will be hosting two magnificent auctions on November 16th. not to be missed, they are definitely worth the trip, from a small but really well rounded European collection of jewellery that shines for a number of incredible mystery set Van Cleef & Arpels pieces, to a huge selection of Bvlgari demi parures. There is a bit (or a lot) of everything from a number of extremely rare pieces by JAR, Ruser, Meister together with jewels from Royal Houses and Susan Barton amongst other significant provenance to some remarkable gemstones like coloured diamonds and alexandrite. Watch out!, we'll be posting...


Sunday, 16 October 2011

JAR: two great pieces up for auction at Sotheby's Geneva


Sotheby's Geneva will be auctioning two rare pieces by JAR, a dragonfly brooch set in gold with Rock Crystal and diamonds made in 1987 and a Morganite and portrait cut diamond pendant made in 1984.

Both pieces were presented at the retrospective "Jewels of JAR Paris" exhibition held at the Gilbert Collection in London, 2 November 2002 - 26 January 2003 and are featured in the book about JAR's jewellery. Undoubtedly some of his best examples.

Sotheby's Geneva, Magnificent Jewels will take place on November 15th.