A pair of Retro platinum earrings with sapphires and diamonds. The earrings have 10 oval-cut sapphires with an approximate total weight of 3.20 carats, and 36 square-cut and round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.00 carat. The earrings are in a floral motif with diamond leaf details. (Posts can be added at purchaser''s request.)
An American mid-20th century 18 karat Retro gold brooch and earrings suite with rubies, diamonds and turquoise by John Rubel. The brooch is an openwork bloom comprised of large gold loops studded with accenting rubies that expertly play with the negative space. Three raised clusters of turquoise and ruby, each centering on a diamond, make up the center of the bloom, while matching clusters make up the earrings. The brooch has 88 round-cut rubies with an approximate total weight of 5.85 carats, 3 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .95 carat, and 69 cabochon turquoise. The earrings have 10 round rubies that have the approximate total weight of 1.60 carats and 5 round diamonds with the approximate total weight of .60 carat. With original box. The Retro jewelry period took place directly before and during World War II. As a reaction to the dire world conflict, jewelry became bolder, brighter, and more light-hearted. Unlike the Art Deco style, Retro jewelry has soft curves and feminine motifs, set off against the severe silhouettes of women''s war-time wardrobes. Gold regained popularity, as platinum was essential to the war effort and scarcely available for commercial use. Different colors of gold, such as yellow, rose, and green, were used in striking combinations. Popular gemstones including non-traditional stones, such as turquoise, were suddenly in vogu
e, and were used widely, as they are beautifully employed in this suite. Patriotic themes were also popular, and blue stones and rubies were often paired together with diamonds and open work to convey a message of patriotism. Three-dimensional sculptural ribbons, bows, and folds made out of metal were common, as they conveyed a sense of victory and celebration that all were hoping for.
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 American Retro 14 karat rose gold earrings, with diamond, sapphire and ruby, by Marianne Ostier. Designed as stylized scallop-edged blossoms with highly-polished and reflective rose-gold petals, set with lines of round brilliant-cut diamonds, approximate total weight 0.70 carats, sapphires with an approximate total weight 1.40 carats, and rubies with an approximate total weight 1.40 carats. An internationally-known mid-century artist, Marianne Ostier collaborated with her husband Oliver to create award-winning jewels acclaimed for their abstract, sculptural forms. Ostier''s New York salon was famed for its original aesthetic and superb custom craftsmanship. In 1966, her work was exhibited in the United States along with that of Georges Bracque and Salvador Dalí.
A pair of Retro 14 karat yellow and white gold earrings with diamonds. The earrings have 72 platinum set old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 3.70 carats, H/I color, VS/SI clarity. The earrings are designed in a strong Retro inspired floral motif.
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