This week in estate jewelry, let’s take a journey of some fantastic jewels I’ve gleaned from dealers around the web. This curated selection spans several jewelry periods and includes some truly special pieces by Cartier.
So, in the spirit of Geico’s “Happier than” series of commercials: How happy does estate jewelry make me today? Happier than a camel on Wednesday. Happy Hump Day everyone!
First, we’ll start with this incredible Art Deco diamond gryphon bracelet from Pat Saling that I’ve seen many times and am absolutely in love with.
Highly Important Rare Art Deco Diamond Bracelet by Gustav Manz and retailed by the old New York firm T. Kirkpatrick & Co.
Next on our journey is another fellow Art Deco stunner from FD Gallery, a pair of Art Deco platinum, emerald and diamond ear pendants by Cartier, circa 1928.
Keeping in line with the Art Deco era, Steven Fox Jewelry has recently added a wonderful Art Deco diamond ring by René Boivin, circa 1930, but attributed to Suzanne Belperron during her time designing for Maison Boivin.
Continuing our journey with Boivin, the following brooch from Nadine Krakov Collection is more in tune with the naturalistic motifs favored by Maison Boivin. The exquisite flower brooch of diamond and ruby boasts a spray of stamens en tremblant, adding sparkling movement to an already exciting piece.
Enough flora and on to fauna! The following Cartier alligator ring from Yafa prefers to adorn your fingers rather than chomp on them as some might expect from such a realistic rendition of the ferocious reptile.
Safely continuing on through Cartier’s wild kingdom, we come across a pair of the Maison’s feisty felines in a chic Panther bangle from Betteridge.
Finally wrapping up our jungle excursion, the last animal jewel is a beautiful antique black opal and diamond scarab ring, circa 19th century, from FD Gallery.
Jumping ahead to 1940 at FD Gallery and an elegant pair of diamond and gold clip brooches by Sterlé deliciously dazzles from its case.
And last but not least, a pair of vintage black onyx and diamond earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels from Beladora recalls the glamour of Studio 54 of the late 1970s. I doubt these babies ever had to wait in line.
And that’s all for today’s estate jewelry journey! Until next time…