A pair of French Art Deco platinum earrings with diamonds, red coral, and onyx. The earring tops have black onyx and coral beads that suspend pear shape drop with 46 old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.00 carat alternating with black enamel triangles. The interior of the drop is framed with a single piece of cut coral. The earrings are in a modified pendeloque motif. Similar discussed in Earrings from Antiquity to the Present by Daniela Mascetti and Amanda Triossi, Thames & Hudson, 1990, page 132-135.
A pair of French Retro 18 karat gold bouquet earrings with diamonds and sapphires by Van Cleef & Arpels. Each designed as a cluster of sapphire blossoms centering diamond pistils amidst leaves and foliage, set with 10 round brilliant-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.00 carat and 50 round brilliant-cut sapphires with an approximate total weight of 6.00 carats.
A pair of French platinum earrings with sapphires and diamonds by Cartier. The earrings have 30 pear-shape sapphires with an approximate total weight of 28.00 carats, 42 round-cut and 30 pear-shape diamonds with an approximate total weight of 10.00 carats, G/H color, VS clarity. The articulated drops are detachable. With signed Cartier box.
A pair of French Late Art Deco platinum earrings with diamonds. The earrings have 38 baguette diamonds with an approximate total weight of 3.00 carats, and round diamonds with an approximate total weight of 6.20 carats. The 2 larger round diamonds have approximate weights of 2.35 carats and 2.50 carats, J/K/L color, SI clarity. The approximate total weight of the diamonds is 14.05 carats. The earrings are designed in a stylized Art Deco floral motif.
A pair of French Late-20th Century platinum and 18 karat gold earrings with diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels. The earrings have 104 circular-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 17.00 carats, E/F color, VS clarity. The earrings are designed as dimensional domed clusters. With signed Van Cleef & Arpels gray silk pouch.
A French Late-20th Century ebony cuff with 18 karat gold accents by Van Cleef & Arpels. The tapering exotic wood cuff with dark graining inlaid with nine 18kt gold triangle motifs. Circa 1993. Note: Having innovated with fresh and unusual materials since the 1920s, Van Cleef began incorporating wood again into its designs both in the 1960s and the 1990s, in response to enthusiasm for natural materials. Sleek, modernist forms, as these earrings, were designed, as well as whimsical items such as jeweled mushroom pins on wooden stalks.Similar to the collection pictured in Van Cleef & Arpels, by Evelyne Possémé, Les Arts Decoratifs, 2013, page 222.
A pair of Mid-20th Century platinum "Camélia" earrings with diamonds and blue sapphires by Van Cleef & Arpels. The camellia flower earrings set with 36 sapphires, approximate total weight of 3.60 carats, and 86 round diamonds with an approximate total weight of 3.90 carats, F-G color, VVS-VS clarity. Made in France, sold at Van Cleef & Arpels, New York. These striking flower earrings with highly three dimensional shaping are a modern interpretation of the iconic Asian flower which had so captured the European imagination in the 20th century, According to Évelyne Possémé, head curator at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, "At the same time as the Indian influence, a rather more classical vein was still found in earrings such as the Camellia clips, leaves composed of bead and prong-set rubies (and sapphires) and diamonds," Earclips of the same design as these, with rubies and diamonds, are pictured in Van Cleef & Arpels: L''Art De La Haute Joaillerie, by Évelyne Possémé, Les Arts Decoratifs, 2013, page 187.The French love affair with the camellia was sparked around 1800, when Empress Josephine Bonaparte began cultivating them in her palace garden at Malmaison. The conspicuous, opulent flower was quickly adopted by French fashionistas as a corsage ornament signifying love. More than the Empress herself, however, the passionate aficionado of the camellia was the romanti
c and mysterious Parisian courtesan Marie Du Plessis. While still in her late teens, Du Plessis was widely regarded a woman of beauty, intelligence, and wit. Self educated in literature and philosophy, discreet and private by nature, "La Dame aux Camélias" inspired Alexandre Dumas fils, Franz Liszt, and sundry aristocrats to throw themselves at her feet, and she gathered one of the great intellectual salons of the day at her home in Paris. When she died at just 23 years old, her history was immediately altered by Dumas to fit the old narrative of the fallen woman who redeems herself through self-sacrificing love for a younger man. A recent biographer, delving into the facts of Du Plessis'' brief, exceptional life, demolished most of Dumas'' fictions, but apparently her obsession with the extravagant flower was all too real: an intriguing file of Du Plessis'' rediscovered papers includes "numerous eye-popping bills" from the luxury Parisian florist who satisfied her boundless passion for red and white camellias.
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