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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Pioneering Cartier Pieces Highlight Bonhams December Jewellery Sale

Two important Cartier pieces are among the top lots of the Bonhams Art of Jewels: Fine Jewellery and Iconic Gems sale on December 9th at New Bond Street.

An impressive Art-Deco diamond necklace by Cartier, 1936 demonstrates the pioneering nature of the French jewellery house during a time when they were attempting to push the boundaries of design. Cartier were among the first to use the rare metal platinum, which was to change the future of jewellery design. The signed necklace offered by Bonhams is estimated at £100,000 – 150,000 and is made up of numerous cuts of diamonds: old brilliant, brilliant, single, square and baguette cut diamonds that sit on pierced geometric plaques, graduating in size from the centre.

A very rare diamond and natural pearl bow brooch by Cartier, circa 1960 is a further highlight of the sale, estimated at £150,000 – 200,000. The looped ribbons are set throughout with brilliant and baguette cut diamonds that suspend two large natural saltwater pearls, which are exceptional specimens. These two examples clearly show why Cartier jewellery was described as "Jeweller to Kings, King to Jewellers."

Other signed pieces included in the sale are a ruby and diamond bangle by Van Cleef & Arpels circa 1970, estimated at £10,000 – 15,000 and a diamond bangle from the "Phoenix Wonderland" collection by the renowned British jeweller Boodles, estimated at £15,000 – 20,000. The cuff is designed as a stylised phoenix rising up the forearm when worn, set with brilliant-cut diamonds and lager pear-shaped diamond highlights.

Further highlights of the sale include a selection of impressive natural pearls. A pearl necklace with a ruby and diamond clasp, circa 1930 is estimated to sell for £10,000 – 15,000.

They were given as a present to a relative of the current owner by the first Monarch of Saudi Arabia, Abdul Aziz Al Saud, King (Malik) of Saudi Arabia, commonly referred to as "Ibn Saud". A large bouton pearl and diamond ring is estimated to sell for £15,000 – 20,000.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Chanel Spring 2011 Press Day

Last week the iconic house of Chanel invited the press to view their 2011 Spring Collection.

There were all the fabulous handbags and accessories that we have come to expect from Chanel but this is a jewelry blog so lets take a look at the Chanel Jewelry.

Fashion Bracelets...enamel with their iconic double C logo - Glittering Lucite Bangles

...and shoulder dusting earrings from gold & blackened metal chains - what would Chanel be without chain.

For a full report on all things Chanel see the Red Carpet-Fashion Awards Blog...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

This Week in Celebrity Jewels

Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester attended the Court of Jewels Recreation launch at the Harry Winston store, wearing a Marchesa romper from the Spring 2011 collection, Nicholas Kirkwood shoes, Marchesa handbag, and Harry Winston jewels.

Halle Berry attended a cocktail party in NYC celebrating Harry Winston's Court of Jewels.

Simply classic in a Dolce & Gabbana strapless dress with Christian Loubouton heels.

The black gown helped draw attention to the number of diamonds she was wearing on her arm.

At the American Museum of Natural History’s 2010 Museum Gala on Thursday (November 18) in New York City, Anne Hathaway in dress, shoes and bag from Miu Miu, Bochic earrings and bracelet, and a Fred Leighton ring.


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