A French Mid-20th Century platinum necklace with sapphires and diamonds. The center of the necklace has 4 graduated festooned strands of 162 round and oval-cut sapphires with an approximate total weight of 25.00 carats that form the articulated swag. The blue sapphires are most likely from Ceylon. The top strand and side decoration have 153 baguette diamonds with an approximate total weight of 9.00 carats, and 104 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 14.40 carats, G/H color, VS clarity. French control mark for platinum. The motifs of 1950''s jewelry design may appear similar to pieces produced in the ''40''s, but they were executed in an entirely different way. Retro jewelry had a solid, heavy and highly polished look whereas 1950''s jewelry was open, airy and textural, although still solid and "important" in appearance. There was beautiful movement and a depth displayed in the execution of design in this period, as this swag designed necklace exemplifies.
Dimensions: 14-1/2" length, with later 2" extension x 1-5/8" width at the center of the draping.
A platinum necklace with sapphires and diamonds. The necklace is set with ten oval-cut sapphires with an approximate total weight of 44.74 carats, and 133 round and marquise-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 38.00 carats, G/H color, VS clarity. American Gemological Laboratory certificates on 6 of the sapphire states no evidence of heat treatment.
A French Mid-20th Century 18 karat gold "Lawn" bracelet with diamonds and sapphires by Van Cleef & Arpels. The "Lawn" bracelet, designed as a bed of "couscous" beads scattered with sapphire and diamond blossoms, is set with 58 round-cut diamonds, with an approximate total weight of 6.00 carats, G/H color, VS clarity, and 61 round-cut sapphires with an approximate total weight of 6.00 carats. Dating from the late 1940s/early 1950s, this chic bracelet represents the spirit of post-war rejuvenation and easy glamor. Sometimes worn two to a wrist, these bold bracelets defined the relaxed elegance of cocktail hour and women''s renewed social freedom. Its domed form, topped with playful beads, is scattered with richly colored sapphire and diamond blossoms, presenting a complex visual and tactile texture, and combining organic appeal with a sculptural quality. The master jeweler workshop that realized VCA''s design was Pery et Fils, who famously collaborated with the house on the Duchess of Windsor''s "Zipper" necklace and the "Passe Partout" convertible jewels. This bracelet''s superb construction, with its exquisitely articulated, myriad micro-springs and hinges, is a creation of a lost jeweler''s art and is supremely flexible, soft and comfortable to wear. A similar "Lawn" bracelet pictured in Van Cleef & Arpels, by Sylvie Raulet, Rizzoli, 1986, page 236.
A Belle Epoque platinum and 14 karat gold lavaliere necklace with bezel-set garnet, yellow sapphire, blue sapphire and diamonds. The diamond-set platinum chain necklace suspends a cushion-shape red garnet with an approximate weight of 5.50 carats, an oval blue sapphire with an approximate weight of 5.75 carats, an oval cushion yellow-orange sapphire with an approximate weight of 5.50 carats, and rose and Old European cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.30 carats. With original signed "Peter Rath Munchen" fitted box.
A French Retro 18 karat gold and platinum necklace with diamonds and sapphires. The necklace has 74 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 3.75 carats, and 66 calibre-cut sapphires with an approximate total weight of 5.50 carats. The necklace is designed with stylized twisted gold leaves interspersed with a row of diamonds alternating with a row of sapphires. The front of the necklace is suspended by two woven gold chains with a twisted leaf motif clasp.
Signed: “Made in France” with French control marks
A French Modernist platinum dress clip by famed designer Suzanne Belperron that can also be worn on a necklace with nesting rows of blue chalcedony beads. Similar in style and spirit to the necklace worn by the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson. The clip is carved blue chalcedony in a half-barrel design, set with 1 cushion-cut, one oval, 2 rectangular-cut and two square-cut sapphires, 10 square-cut rubies, 1 rectangular-cut ruby and 8 square-cut emeralds. Measuring 3.9 cm long by 3.4 cm wide, weighing 39.3 grams. French assay marks for gold and partially effaced maker''s marks for Société Groëné et Darde. By the remarkable female designer Suzanne Belperron. Accompanying certificate reads: We do hereby certify that the piece pictured below was manufactured in Paris between 1932 and 1940 by the company B. Herz from a design by Suzanne Belperron. Chalcedony beads included: 17 inches in length, detachable.
An English Victorian 18 karat gold acrostic necklace. The heart charms consist of 161 rose-cut diamonds that have the approximate total weight of 3.20 carats. The center of these charms have 2 emeralds, with amethyst, ruby, sapphire and topaz that have the approximate total weight of .90 carat. Acrostic jewelry, which was immensely popular in the highly sentimental Victorian era, was actually originally introduced to the popular market by the famed French house of Mellerio, who created acrostic jewels for Marie Antoinette. A piece of acrostic jewelry is a piece that includes a series of center stones whose first letter of their common names spells out a word of affection. For example, this necklace, whose charms feature center stones of Diamond, Emerald, Amethyst, Ruby, Emerald (again), Sapphire and Topaz in that order is meant to say "DEAREST." Each of the heart-shaped charms in this particular piece features not only the meaning-filled center stone but also several carats worth of rose-cut diamonds, that encrust their faces.
Dimensions: Necklace 15" length; each charm 1/2" x 1/2".
A Macklowe Gallery original opal, sapphire, rock crystal and diamond rondele necklace. Composed of 70 graduating opal alternating with 71 sapphire beads, interspersed with 67 faceted rock crystal beads and platinum rondeles set with round brilliant-cut diamonds, approximate total weight 2.20 carats, completed by a platinum and diamond cylindrical clasp.
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