This blog is for curators of collections of fine jewellery and for anyone who enjoys finding unique and rare fine jewels; be it antique, estate, vintage jewellery or modern magnificent stones and designs. From a collector, investor or stylist point of view, these are the best pieces that I have found that are for sale in auctions and antique shops around the world. Ultimately it is for everyone who shares this passion.
An extremely rare diamond and enamel pendant by Theodore B. STARR
Theodore B. Starr 1905 Diamond and Enamel Pendant
This is an exquisite piece and very rare to come by. A circular pendant set in a black and white enamelled plaque and set with circa 15 carats of very well matched rose cut diamonds. It is dated in 1905 and was made by Theodore B. Starr in New York. The design is inspired in Giuliano's work earlier in the second half of the Nineteenth Century. It was probably adapted with a much heavier diamond weight to suit the buoyant American market at the turn of the century.
Starr is nowadays known as one of the finest American silversmiths. He set up his silver and jewellery business in 1862 and was soon joined by Herman Marcus, becoming Starr and Marcus until 1877 when they separated because Herman Marcus left to join Tiffany. He continued working under his own name until 1907 when his son took over the business which he subsequently sold to a silver company in 1918. Starr was finally liquidated and sold in 1923.
The piece is opening the Bonham's auction in New York on October 17th.