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Monday, 30 September 2013

Upcoming Auction: THE PINK STAR DIAMOND

Pink Star Diamond 59 ct

As in a Pink Panther movie, Sotheby's will be auctioning in the Geneva sale in November this flawless, type IIa, fancy vivid pink diamond. It is the largest of its kind ever graded by the GIA.

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Sunday, 29 September 2013

The Art of BVLGARI: La dolce vita and beyond...1950-1990

BVLGARI: Diamond and sapphire sautoir formerly in the collection of Elizabeth Taylor

De Young Museum in San Francisco is hosting another touring exhibition from the Bvlgari Heritage Collection. This one, after the Liz Taylor jewellery auction held by Christies last year, has the added glamour of several pieces that belonged to the iconic star like this beautiful sugarloaf sapphire set in an Art Deco inspired diamond satuoir, which would have been my piece at the named auction had the price tag not have been a bit out of reach...


Since its founding in Rome in 1884, Bulgari has become synonymous with innovation and luxury in jewelry design. The jeweler is famous for mixing semiprecious stones with diamonds, mounting ancient coins in gold jewelry, and creating easy-to-wear pieces made with unusual color combinations.
This exhibition focuses on the decades of the 1950s through the 1980s; in the period after World War II Bulgari began to create a unique style inspired by Greco-Roman classicism, the Italian Renaissance, and the 19th-century Roman school of goldsmiths. By the 1970s, Bulgari’s bold and innovative style had gained success with celebrities and the jet set.
The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, 1950–1990 presents approximately 150 showstopping pieces from this era, along with sketches and other materials from the Bulgari archives. The exhibition takes a decade-by-decade look at Bulgari’s innovations in jewelry design and includes several striking pieces from the Elizabeth Taylor collection.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

A very rare CARTIER Art Deco seed pearl tassel shoulder brooch

This is an extraordinary piece made by Cartier c. 1922-23, probably designed by Charles Jacqueau. It gathers all the elements characteristic of early Art Deco style. It incorporates semi precious stones like onix and coral in a very fine platinum and diamonds setting. I love seed pearl tassels for their movement and delicate feeling and this one is a truly remarkable example.

"Although it is difficult to attribute surviving Cartier jewels to particular designers because of Cartier's policy of anonymity, we do know that Cartier's designer Charles Jacqueau (1885-1968) pioneered the firm's Art Deco style. From the First World War, Jacqueau, inspired by motifs taken from the Ballets Russes, the Gazette du Bon Ton and Egyptian, Assyrian, Persian, Indian, Islamic, Japanese, Greek and Chinese civilisations, designed elegant jewels that gave the impression of floating on air. His instruction to the workshops advised "surtout très léger" (above all very light). This delicate brooch is a lesson in masterly workmanship and understated elegance. The deceptively simple fusion of linear-geometric decorative motifs with bold colour combinations, the juxtaposition of precious and semi-precious gems and the numerous cuts and shapes of stones set into the variously shaped platinum component parts are the hallmarks of Jacqueau's vision and of Cartier's innovative Art Deco designs. "



It will be auctioned by Bonham's in New Bond Street, London on Wednesday, September 18th. I will not be surprised to see this piece beat several times the estimate, like other similar Cartier Deco singular pendants.