A Mid-20th century 18 karat gold necklace with diamonds. The necklace has 184 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 14.70 carats, G/H color, VS clarity. The necklace is designed in a diamond-set layered rope motif.
A Mid-20th Century diamond and platinum necklace. The necklace is composed of a row of 79 marquise-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 29.00 carats. The marquise diamonds graduate from a center stone weighing approximately 1.50 carats to approximately .15 carat. Nine of the marquise central stones in the necklace weigh over 1.00 carat. The interior row of the necklace is composed of 155 baguette-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 32.00 carats, graduating from the center stone weighing approximately .45 carat to approximately .15 carat. The approximate total of the diamonds is 61.00 carats, D/E color, VVS/VS clarity.
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 French Mid-20th Century platinum and diamond necklace/tiara by Mellerio dits Meller. The necklace is composed of 200 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 44.25 carats, and 200 baguette diamonds with an approximate total weight of 45.75 carats. Approximate total carat weight is 90.00 carats, G/H color, VS clarity. The triple row necklace is formed of two outer rows of round-cut diamonds and a center row of baguette diamonds. The necklace separates forming a separate bracelet. The tiara frame is decorated with 7 round cut pastes. Mellerio fitted box. Mellerio dits Meller, the French jewelry house, was founded in 1613, and is still active today. "With jewelry for Marie-Antoinette, brooches for Princess Mathilde and tiaras for the court of the Netherlands, some of the biggest names in European royal history have cameos in the history of Mellerio dits Meller. The story of this jeweler to kings and queens has been written in gold and precious stones ever since Marie de Medicis lent her support to the house in 1613." Vincent Meylan, Mellerio historian.
An Art Nouveau 14 karat gold and enamel pendant locket with diamonds. The pendant is decorated with 10 old mine- and single-cut diamonds with the approximate total weight of .30 carats. The relief cover depicts a winged nymph blowing two horns. Engraved in script, "BJ June 29, 1904" on back cover. Chain is a later period addition.Pictured in Masterpieces of American Jewelry, by Judith Price, Echo Point Books & Media, LLC, 2004, page 28.Note: Women at the turn of the century would have quickly identified this figure playing the double flute as Euterpe, the classical muse of musical inspiration. Women were, in fact, the new celebrities of the music world. Since the mid-19th century, woman singers had been blazing a trail through it, as composers began to write parts for sopranos and altos, parts that had previously been reserved for male countertenors. Women star singers dominated the stage, receiving high artistic praise from the newspaper critics. Actively and thoughtfully managing their own careers, they cultivated devoted followers, staging brilliant publicity stunts, quickly rising to the challenge of independence. They realized the need to control their images, and insisted on oversight of costume design, aware that every appearance was critical. This jewel''s musical muse, depicted in the midst of performance and transformation, was a symbolic celebration of women''s daring achievements in this newly opened world for them.
A French Mid-20th Century 18kt gold and platinum necklace with diamonds by Cartier. The necklace has 148 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 4.50 carats, G/H color, VS clarity. The necklace is designed in a foliate fringe motif with diamond set platinum articulated ''leaves''. With signed Cartier box.
An English Mid-20th Century 18 karat gold "Grain de café" brooch with diamonds by Cartier London. Designed as a cluster coffee bean leaves, highlighted by 4 round brilliant-cut diamonds, approximate total weight .28 carat.Under the direction of Jeanne Toussaint, Cartier first presented this design in the 1930s. It was intended as an homage to Paris'' fabulous café culture and the famous artists, writers and philosophers who infused it with both glamor and intellectual vigor. Grain de café jewels - brooches, necklaces, and earclips - were popular on both sides of the Atlantic well into the 1950s. A favorite design of Hollywood royalty, Grace Kelly was one actor frequently photographed on both casual and formal occasions wearing her own demi-parure of coffee bean necklace and earclips.
A pair of French Mid-20th Century 18 karat gold "Grain de Café" earrings by Cartier. Each highly three dimensional earring is composed of ribbed coffee bean motifs arranged in a stylized floral form. With a signed Cartier Box. Under the direction of Jeanne Toussaint, Cartier first presented this design in the 1930s. It was intended as an homage to Paris'' fabulous café culture and the famous artists, writers and philosophers who infused it with both glamor and intellectual vigor. Grain de café jewels - brooches, necklaces, and earclips - were popular on both sides of the Atlantic well into the 1950s. A favorite design of Hollywood royalty, Grace Kelly was one actor frequently photographed on both casual and formal occasions wearing her own demi-parure of coffee bean necklace and earclips.
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