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Sunday, 8 December 2013

A rare Diamond "Escargot" brooch by Suzanne BELPERRON

Suzanne Belperron is undoubtedly one of the grandest feminine figures of all times in the jewellery world. The brand and the archives were acquired by Verdura in 1999, now owned by the Landrigan family, who is now promoting and exhibiting her work. This together with the huge attraction of her pieces in recent auctions have revived her genius and turned her into a cult jewellery designer.

Not unlike Verdura, Suzanne Belperron is better known for her attention to design rather than to precious stones. In fact she often did not even use precious materials, yet her pieces are always perfectly finished and flattering, reflecting her deep understanding of jewellery making.

Her "white" jewellery is quite rare, for she preferred working with yellow gold and coloured stones. The brooch below is therefore a high collectable piece, it was made between 1932 and 1940 and it is set in white gold (not platinum probably due to its scarcity during World War II) with old mine european circular cut diamonds arranged in four interlacing scrolls trimmed with a string of baguette cut  tones. A striking piece, which still carries her "trademark" round voluminous design. The brooch will be auctioned by Christie's NY next week on Dec 11th.

Diamond Escargot Brooch from Suzanne Belperron, 1932-1940

We saw recently another piece of white jewellery by Suzanne Belperron, the striking three band bracelet featured below.

Diamond cuff by Suzanne Belperron, the Lewitt collection