by Simon Teakle on November 5th, 2010
Masterful design, coincident with exceptional craftsmanship, creates something timeless that transcends trends as well as culture. Objects are sought after all over the world, and like all areas of the fine and decorative arts, competition is intense.
When looking for this type of object, a relationship with someone or a company can fast track and often save significant amounts of money where otherwise one may go to auction and become locked in to aggressive bidding with a similar private collector. Sourcing with expertise is a rare commodity and the advice that goes alongside can be invaluable.
The term magnificent is also a subjective adjective, it can manifest itself in scale as well as value, but presence and beauty are crucial. Just because a stone is 20, 30 or 40 carats, the word should not necessarily apply.
In the case of ‘Juno,’ this jewel was designed and made by Boucheron, the hallowed design house. It was exhibited at the Paris Exposition in 1900 and is one of the great Art Nouveau jewels. Juno (the most powerful Roman goddess) is carved in white jade, clothed in peacock armor and detailed with yellow sapphires and diamonds. It is a tour de force of design and manufacturing, and can carry the word magnificent with great comfort. It is almost five inches long and as a pendant as striking and symbolic as any Art Nouveau jewel ever made.