Every Wednesday, 1stdibs.com uploads new estate jewelry to their site that its vendors have loaded onto their individual accounts. A much-anticipated midweek event, I always look forward to seeing what wonderful new estate pieces have been added to the endless amount of exquisite jewelry the stores on this great site have to offer. In essence, the site serves as a vast treasure trove of historical, one-of-a-kind pieces that one could typically find at the finest auction houses.
Here are my favorites from today’s uploads:
Suzanne Belperron Diamond and Platinum Foliate Necklace
Suzanne Belperron (1900-1983) is known for her experimentation with textures new and old, organically-shaped carved stones, and soft lines evoking the delicacy of nature, all of which broke sharply with the rigid lines championed by the Art Deco designs of the times. Though she never signed any of her pieces, her unique style seen in her jewelry is her signature. My favorite aspect about her as a designer is how softly the lines in her pieces create the rounded shapes, likes waves quietly billowing over a calm water, with the numerous circular gem stones accentuating the overall fluidity of each piece. This necklace is a great example of her refined use of shapes and delicate curves, available at FD Gallery (www.fd-inspired.com) or on 1stdibs.com.
Victorian Gold and Enamel Jeweled Butterfly
It seems almost as if butterflies exist solely so that jewelers can replicate their vivid colors with mother nature’s finest materials. I love the powerful red enamel against the softly lustrous pearls punctuated by the two demantoid garnets. This Victorian brooch, circa 1890, is available at A La Vielle Russie or 1stdibs.com.
JAR Ebony, Natural Pearl and Diamond Ear Clips
I could go on and on about how in love I am with JAR’s incredible creations, so I will save that for another post soon to come. For now, I’ll leave you to ogle over these ingenious earrings, comprised of the most unusual of suspects ebony, natural pearls and diamonds, in their whimsically paisley shapes. Ever a delightful yet sharp set of ear clips, they are available at FD Gallery or 1stdibs.com.
Oscar Heyman Gem Set Pansy Pin
Oscar Heyman is known for his colorful and vibrant renditions of the pansy flower. Always juxtaposing gem stones of various hues, whether they be dynamic or attenuated, like this combination of peridot, citrine, diamond and ruby, his iconic floral jewels continue to charm just as this one does. Available at Shreve, Crump & Low or 1stdibs.com.
Cartier Diamond & Onyx Panther Ring
Cartier’s Panther Collection will endure for countless years to come. Just as the animal itself, the jewels made in its image are stunningly fierce. This ring, designed as a sculpted pavé-set diamond panther band with calibré-cut onyx spots and marquise-cut emerald eyes, is a prime example of fearless style. Available at FD Gallery or 1stdibs.com.
Van Cleef & Arpels Gold, Enamel & Diamond Bulldog Pin
No jewelry house captures the humor and charm of animal jewelry caricatures than Van Cleef & Arpels. It is almost impossible to look at this bulldog and not smile. This amusing bulldog brooch, analogous to Winston Churchill, is available at Betteridge or 1stdibs.com.
Did I miss any item that you think is worth highlighting? If so, please let me know!