Bold colors, three-dimensional design and lots of yellow gold are the hallmarks of mid-century jewels as well as for today’s Estate Jewelry Round Up. Between amazing retro bracelets and seriously fun jewels, these pieces will leave you grooving like Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever!
Superb Retro rose gold bangle set with calibre cut sapphires the links are decorated with brilliant cut diamonds set in platinum and hung with two tassels set with brilliant cut sapphires by Boucheron, Paris 1944
Available at Hancocks
Ghiso Retro 18k Gold & Gem-Set Bracelet
Retro gold and gem-set bracelet, centering upon a square-cut sapphire and circular-cut diamond-set buckle motif clasp, the diamonds set in platinum, the sapphires weighing approximately 3.02 total carats and diamonds weighing approximately 3.74 total carats, to a fluted serpentine-style link gold bracelet in 18k yellow gold, circa 1950’s, signed Ghiso. 7.25″ length and 1″ width at widest point.
Available at Betteridge
French Retro Gold and Diamond Double Clip/Brooch
A French Retro 18 karat yellow gold and platinum pair of clips/brooch with diamond detail. The pair of clips has 52 old mine-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 4.50 carats. Detachable pin back.
Available at Macklowe Gallery via 1stdibs
A four-row, gold ropetwist “Cordes Ludo” bracelet terminating in diamond capped foxtail tassels with a diamond set bar closure, in 18k. Van Cleef & Arpels, France.
Available at Kentshire
Gold Link Necklace by Marianne Ostier
An Italian Mid 20th Century 18 karat gold necklace by Marianne Ostier. The necklace is composed of 47 stylized geometric sections, completely flexible. From the Park-Bernet Galleries auction catalogue, 1969:A Collection of Jewelry, Designed by Marianne OstierOstier, Inc., one of New York’s leading jewelers dealing precious-stone jewelery of original design and superb custom craftsmanship, was closed in September of this year , following the death of its co-founder, Oliver Ostier. The present sale offers the entire stock of this distinguished firm. All pieces are original designs of Marianne Ostier, co-founder with her late husband of the firm and an internationally famed designer of jewelery. Many pieces bear her signature plate. Of the decision to close the business, Marianne Ostier said: With the passing of my husband, I have had to devote more and more of my efforts to administrative duties. These demands of my time can no longer be met without artistic compromise which to me is unacceptable. Representing the third generation of court jewelers in Austria, Oliver Ostier came to America following the Anschluss of 1938. Shortly thereafter he founded the firm of Ostier, Inc., with his wife Marianne, a talented painter and sculptress as well as an artist in the design of jewelry. Author of Jewels and the woman , the basic primer of the art of wearing jewelry, Marianne Ostier’s designs became major jewelry fashions and classics of modern designed jewelry. She is repsonsible for numerous innovations, such as the pincushion clip, the famed skin pin and free-from jewelry; she pioneered in abstract designs for jewelry and, as a sculptress, brought a new dimension to her work in jewelry design. For many years, Mrs. Ostier won the Diamond U.S.A. Award and the Diamond International Award for design excellence. The first life-time member elected to the Diamonds-International Academy, the hall of fame for modern jewelry designers, she represented the United States at the Art in Precious Jewelry exhibition at the Finch College Museum of Art in 1966, which featured the work of the foremost designers of ten countries. Among the artists, in addition to Mrs. Ostier, were Georges Braques and Salvador Dali. The exhibition and sale of Marianne Ostier Originals marks the end of an important chapter in the history of jewelry design. The catalogue of her oeuvres eloquently records her contribution toward advancing this art form.
Available at Macklowe Gallery
1960s Van Cleef & Arpels Pearl and Diamond Ring
1960’s Van Cleef & Arpels cocktail ring, 18K yellow gold featuring a large white Southsea pearl set high on stepped alternating tiers of gold and diamonds (approximately 3.88 carats). Marked Van Cleef Arpels NY, 750, 1281 and 55. Fiits finger size 7 1/2
Available at Gallery 47 via 1stdibs
Georges Lenfant Swirl Bracelet
Georges Lenfant produced jewelry for several of the 20th century’s major houses: Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari and Hermes.
This style is one of his masterpieces: the front features a swirled pattern of shiny, snakeskin-like mesh and rough, frosted gold, while the back is of a woven nature. Each link is pliant and attached to the others by a swivel. Usually bracelets in this style have links of the same size; it is the alternating oval and circular links that make this bracelet rare.Signed with maker’s mark for Georges Lenfant and French assay marks for 18k gold.
Available at Robin Katz via 1stdibs
A Gold and Rhodochrosite Set, Consisting of a Pendant Necklace, Ear Pendants and a Matching Ring, by Bulgari, circa 1970.
Available at FD Gallery.
Van Cleef & Arpels Carved Coral Diamond Yellow Gold Earrings c1970s
Colorful, bold yet feminine earrings created by Van Cleef & Arpels in Italy in the 1970s.
Feature beautiful carved coral set in 18k yellow gold and accented with round diamond connecting the coral parts.
The earrings are 2″ long and almost 3/4″ wide.
Stamped “18k Italy VC&A”
Available at Nadine Krakov Collection via 1stdibs
A Pair of Coral, Turquoise and Emerald Bracelets, Designed as Carved Animal Heads, by Van Cleef & Arpels, circa 1970.
Available at FD Gallery.
Original David Webb Spectacular 1970s Gold Collar Necklace
Available at Wayne Smith Jewels via 1stdibs
Cartier Paris 1970s Coral Onyx Gold Band Ring
Vintage coral & onyx ring by Cartier. Set with six rectangular cabochon onyx alternated by six rectangular cabochon coral, spaced with fine yellow gold bars and outer border, to a smooth conforming band with ridged inside edging and an approximate width of 10mm. Marked 18 carat yellow gold, maker’s mark, French, sold in London circa 1975, authenticated by Cartier, accompanied by Cartier pouch.
Available at Berganza via 1stdibs