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A Small Gem from a Powerful Empire

by on July 31st, 2010

Art Deco Moghul Carved Emerald & Diamond Pendant

Art Deco Moghul Carved Emerald & Diamond Pendant, $19,500

The Moghul Empire of 1526-1857 was a period of unparalleled power, when wealth and Indian culture flourished — none more so than with its extraordinary supply of gems and jewelry. Not only did it provide some of the greatest gems known, but the legacy of style and design has influenced jewelry houses around the world ever since.

This influence was never stronger than during the Art Deco period, when all the great firms were intoxicated by all things Indian. In particular, the refashioning of older stones to contemporary objects was “de rigeur” for the old Indian royal families, as well as their Occidental cousins.

This Art Deco pendant is a perfect example of how Western taste became seduced by this genre. The small symmetrical platinum and diamond cap sits on top of a nineteenth century emerald bead of approximately 30.00 carats, exquisitely carved with foliate lotus motifs and delicate vertical fluting.

This carving is typical of the Moghul style, where naturalistic motifs would cover every possible area. Made in England in the 1920’s, it is a wonderful combination of simplicity and decoration, and is as wearable today as when it was first made.

Crazy Terry’s Auction & Horse-Swapping Parlor

by on March 1st, 2010

Estate M. Gérard Emerald & Diamond 18k Gold Collar Necklace, $195,000

Lately, we’ve been buying and selling like madmen, while much of the jewelry world has been subdued. Even at the shows we attend in Europe, Asia and all over the US, we’ve stood out for being wildly busy while other dealers looked on wondering why their booths resembled ghost towns.

The difference is that we go further afield to make markets than any other dealer and we know what things are worth. This means that Simon and I can feel comfortable buying, even in a difficult economic environment. We have the tightest margins that we have ever had in our history, but so long as we keep making markets and stay busy as the dickens, it makes for a great business plan.

Most importantly, for you, it means a constant bombardment of new and exceptional watches, jewels and precious odds & ends, of all ages and kinds. It’s a lot of fun.

All the best, to the curious and the collector- come on down!

An Elegant Van Cleef & Arpels Emerald & Diamond Necklace

by on October 1st, 2009

Van Cleef & Arpels Emerald & Diamond Necklace, 9.2 total carats of emeralds and 47.7 total carats of diamonds, $225,000

In the 1960′ and 70’s, jewelry became far more colorful with striking contrast and daring juxtapositions. Inspired once more by the influence of India, jewelry that was worn over the tunics of Maharajah’s became a cornerstone of Van Cleef & Arpels designs.

Although only bi-colored, this necklace illustrates stark contrast between brilliant green and the purest white with oval cluster motifs reminiscent of the magnificent sarpechs and bazubands worn by India’s aristocrats.

At this time, the House of Arpels was the world’s leading “haute joalliere” focusing on the finest stones combined with exceptional craftsmanship. This necklace is cleverly constructed to convert to a magnificent bracelet that is as chic and wearable today as when it was originally made.

The client list of Van Cleef & Arpels in the early twentieth century reads like a who’s who list of the wealthiest men and most beautiful women of the period. Her Imperial Majesty Farah Pahlavi, Princess Grace of Monaco and Lady Granard all favored fine jewelry by this venerated designer.

The style and quality of this necklace would fit in any of the world’s great jewelry collections and its style will endure for generations to come.

A Stunning Art Deco Emerald & Diamond Tassel Bracelet

by on September 1st, 2009

Art Deco Emerald & Diamond Tassel Bracelet, $68,000

With the end of summer, pearls and corals are put away for another year and thoughts turn to the fall with the start of dinner parties, opera and the charity circuit. Maybe not in that order and perhaps different social functions (the head of our watch department asked me to include Giants tickets and tailgates), but for many, diamonds and other precious gems take center stage for increasingly formal events.

This magnificent sugarloaf emerald and diamond bracelet is a breathtaking example of those design elements that made the Art Deco period so special. It is as tactile as it is beautiful with a sinuous softness, each and every link crumples on touch like silk. There is a paradox in this object that is startlingly striking yet understated; everything about it is of outstanding quality.

Tassel bracelets were used with great effect during the Art Deco period, Cartier favoring a foxtail style tassel and Van Cleef & Arpels an exotic cupola (as illustrated in this bracelet). This bracelet shows off many of the diamond shapes that were created during that time period such as the baguette, bullet and lozenge cuts.

Created in the mid-1920’s, this bracelet exemplifies style, quality and beauty. It’s as flattering on a wrist as any bracelet you will find, and the ideal companion for any glamorous, fall gathering.