Jaeger LeCoultre Modernist Retro Gold and Citrine Bracelet Watch

jaeger-le-coultre-retro-gold-and-citrine-bracelet-watchOne of this months birthstones is the highly populair citrine. Not only populair by todays great Maison’s like, but also in the past, like Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Rene Boivin and Mauboussin. Here we show you an extra ordinary, very rare, piece! A Jaeger LeCoultre Modernist Retro Gold and Citrine Bracelet Watch. The clean Modernist design, circa 1935, is full of sleek, polished curves, but retains some of the geometry of Art Deco.

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The beautifully cut citrines pair beautifully with yellow 18k gold, is made in France. Notice the two round cabochon citrines! The unique Swiss made back-wind watch, a very fine and costly movement, is cleverly hidden in the scroll design. The workmanship is superb, A stunning and elegant jewel. When closed, no-one knows that there is a hidden watch….

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RARE ART DECO 1930’s CARTIER ‘LA CAPTIVE’ SILVER ENAMEL TRAVEL PURSE WATCH

Art Deco 1930's Cartier La Captive Silver Enamel Travel Purse Watch

A beautiful Cartier ‘La Captive’ Swiss attractive Art Deco silver enamel travel, puse watch in fair condition, owned by Begum Andrée Aga Khan. It is known that Cartier commissiond Tavannes as the maker, considering the succes of the ‘La Captive’ series, commissioned by many other famous boutiques and famous fashion houses. The watch has been manufactured around 1930’s.

The watch has a lovely, nickel finish movement in working condition and a winding mechanism through the crown at twelve. The watch is crown wound and set.

Art Deco 1930's Cartier La Captive Silver Enamel Travel Purse Watch

Art Deco 1930’s Cartier La Captive Silver Enamel Travel Purse Watch, owned by HH the Begum Andrée Aga Khan

Art Deco 1930's Cartier La Captive Silver Enamel Travel Purse Watch

Art Deco 1930’s Cartier La Captive Silver Enamel Travel Purse Watch, Inside case shows a Patent Pending mark. Case serial number: 24643. Watch case serial number: 6953.

Art Deco 1930's Cartier La Captive Silver Enamel Travel Purse Watch

Art Deco 1930’s Cartier La Captive Silver Enamel Travel Purse Watch, When the watch is folded, the case size is ~46 x 25 x 8 mm. When the watch case is upend, the size is ~40 x 25 x 20 mm . The total weight of the watch is ~38.33 grams.

The watch is folding into the lovely opaque enamel decorated case. It is released when the two red enamel inlay side buttons are pressed and turned face down.

The white rectangular dial is in good condition, with minor signs of aging. The dial features black Arabic numerals and blue Breguet hands set, while the crystal is in great condition.

The case opens and closes nicely, the trap door hinges being in good condition. The case enamel shows various signs of wear, cracks, hairlines or chips and other marks from general use and opening, however it remains in a good original condition.

 

 

 

From Paris with Love: Boucheron

Boucheron, the famous French jeweler, creator of the most precious jewels, the fantastic watches and the most delicous fragrances…. Boucheron, a magic name.

Shown here an Art Deco masterpiece: Boucheron Pearl Neckace with Rose-Cut Diamonds and Carved Emeralds

1408661894_90_1_6246__1_of_5__hires BoucheronMade by the fabulous Parisian jeweler of 26 Place Vendôme,  circa 1920s, a splendid and sparkling bouquet glistening with three large rose-cut diamond flowers and crystalline carved green emerald leaves sprouting from a rose-cut centered platinum and diamond vase.  The three rose-cuts approximate weigh 2.50 carats (Click photo to enlarge).

1408661894_90_1_6246__2_of_5__hiresThe colorful 1 and 5/8 inch centerpiece, which does double duty as the clasp, curves ever so slightly along with the triple strand of lustrous cultured pearls, ranging in size from 4.5 to 8.5 millimeters (Click photo to enlarge).

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1408661895_90_1_6246__5_of_5__hiresBoucheron Pearl Neckace with Rose-Cut Diamonds and Carved Emeralds  Plainly signed with the magic name ‘Boucheron’ on the reverse (Click photo to enlarge).

1408690432_90_1_6246__1_of_1__hiresTimeless elegance: Boucheron Pearl Neckace with Rose-Cut Diamonds and Carved Emeralds  Strand lengths gradate from 17 to 20 inches (Click photo to enlarge).

Product Details:

  • Materials: platinum
  • Height: 1 5/8 inch clasp
  • Lenght: 17″ to 20″

Center Diamond Details:

  • Carat weight: 2.50 cts
  • Quantity: 3
  • Measurements: 7.08 – 5.8 mm
  • Cut/Shape: Rose Cut
  • Clarity: VS2-SI2
  • Color: I-J

Additional Gemstone Details:

  • Diamonds: 26 Single Cut Diamonds
    – Diamond Total Carat Weight: 0.50 carats
    – Diamond Clarity: VS
    – Diamond Color: G-I
  • Emeralds: 6 Carved Cut Emeralds
    – Emerald Total Carat Weight: 5.00 carats
  • Pearls: 237 Slightly out of round Pearls
  • Total Diamond Carat Weight: 3.00 cttw

A real, allmost 100 years old, timeless Boucheron Art Deco masterpiese, made for a woman with timeless elegance and style.

Wondering who is wearing it this holidays…

by Jean Amr

 

Lacloche Frères Art Deco Clock

With its sleek geometric forms and bold, Eastern-inspired color palette, the present clock by Lacloche Frères epitomizes Art Deco style. Eastern symbols and aesthetics proved the perfect companion to the crisp lines of the Art Deco era, with design firms incorporating Chinese, Indian and Egyptian-inspired motifs into their works.

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Lacloche Frères, Art Deco hardstone, coral, ruby and lacquer desk clock (Click photo to enlarge)

This example takes a form that resembles a Chinese gong, suspended within an angular frame and rested upon a plinth. The colors too hold symbolic meanings in Chinese culture, with red symbolizing fire, good fortune and joy and black often symbolizing the neutrality of water. It is fitting that Lacloche Frères would pick this color palette, as the yin and yang quality of the hues sits in harmony with its repetitive square and rectangular motifs.

At the time this clock was made, Lacloche Frères was considered one of the finest jewelers in the world. Having taken over Fabergé’s London workshop in 1920, the firm gained popularity for their intricate designs, most notably with vanity cases, boxes and clocks. The present example, created at the height of the firm’s popularity and created in a purely Art Deco form, is a rare glimpse into the elegance of the Art Deco time.

The coral-hued dial with Arabic numeral indexes and stylized arrow hands, within a silver-gilt case applied with black and red lacquer, the frame and base composed of agate, coral and onyx carved and applied in geometric motifs, further decorated with cabochon rubies, onyx and agate sugarloaf cabochons and coral beads and rings, measuring approximately 5 by 6 by 2¼ inches, the mounts composed of 18 karat gold, manual movement, the gold mounts signed Lacloche Frères, with French assay and partial workshop marks, the case signed Lacloche Frères, numbered 892, with scratch numbered 7.5.5.D.V., with French assay and workshop marks; circa 1930. With signed and fitted box.

by Jean Amr

Royal Asscher, a fascinating history and the height of vintage style

Today’s Royal Asscher-cut diamond engagement rings, with their vintage-style design, continue Joseph Asscher’s diamond-cutting legacy.

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Joseph Asscher (Click photo to enlarge)

Royal Asscher cut engagement rings may be a relative newcomer in the world of diamond cuts, but the illustrious history that led to the creation of this cut includes some of the world’s biggest diamonds, as well as royalty of both the blue-blooded and Hollywood variety.

The original Asscher cut was created in 1902 by Joseph Asscher, owner of the Amsterdam-based Asscher Diamond Company. As a renowned diamond artisan, he was entrusted to cut the largest gem-quality diamond ever unearthed, the 3,106-carat Cullinan diamond. Found in a De Beers-owned South African mine near Pretoria in 1905, the enormous diamond was bought by the Transvaal Colony government and given to King Edward VII as a token of its loyalty. The rough stone was presented to the King on his 66th birthday and he commissioned Joseph Asscher to cut it into smaller gems to be incorporated into the historic Crown Jewels. After breaking the blade of the specially designed knife on his first attempt, legend has it that Asscher fainted when he managed to cleave the diamond in two with the second cut.

The Cullinan diamond was eventually cut into nine, large, gem-quality stones and 96 smaller stones. The largest stone, at 530.20ct, is known as Cullinan I, or the Great Star of Africa. It was cut into a pear shape and set into the head of the Sceptre with the Cross. The 317.4ct Cullinan II, or the Second Star of Africa, is a cushion-cut diamond mounted in the front of the circlet of the Imperial State Crown.

As the Asscher cut was never patented, over time it became a universal term to describe a stepped square cut with 58 facets. However, many of the Asscher-cut diamond engagement rings available on the market today do not adhere to the strict criteria set out in Joseph’s 1902 design. Authentic Asscher-cut engagement rings are in fact very rare.

The revival of Art Deco-style jewellery has catapulted Asscher-cut diamond engagement rings back into the spotlight and its popularity has been further boosted by celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba, both of whom opted for personalised Asscher-cut engagement rings.

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The most famous Asscher-cut diamond of all was worn by the late Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor. The story goes that Richard Burton bought the 33.19ct Krupp Diamond for the actress after she beat him at a game of table tennis. The diamond was previously owned, and named after, Vera Krupp, who was part of the Krupp dynasty that supplied arms to the Nazis during the Second World War. Burton bought the diamond for $385,000 in 1968 and Elizabeth later remarked in an interview: “When it came up for auction in the late 1960s, I thought how perfect it would be if a nice Jewish girl like me were to own it’.

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The amazing 33.19ct Asscher cut Krupp diamond was named after its original owner Vera Krupp, but is more commonly known as the Elizabeth Taylor diamond. (Click photo to enlarge)

In 1980, the Asscher Diamond Company became the Royal Asscher Company after Queen Juliana of the Netherlands granted it a royal title in recognition of its contribution to the diamond industry. In 2011, Queen Beatrix extended the royal prefix for 25 years.

Almost 100 years after the original Asscher-cut was created, Joseph’s great-grandchildren Edward and Joop Asscher introduced an enhanced version, known as the Royal Asscher cut. Developed and perfected over a two-year period, the Royal Asscher cut has a high crown and 74 facets (16 more then round briljant cut!), each of which is carefully measured to ensure total symmetry. Unlike its predecessor, the Royal Asscher cut is patented to ensure other diamond companies cannot replicate the design.

Living up to its Royal moniker, in 2011 Royal Asscher Diamonds presented a spectacular bridal tiara to Kate Middleton in celebration of the Royal Wedding. Created by Toronto-based jewellery designer Reena Ahluwalia, the vintage-inspired tiara was set with 36 Royal Asscher-cut diamonds, as well as pear- and round-shaped diamonds.

Lita Asscher, president of the Royal Asscher Diamond Company, said the one-of-a-kind tiara was a tribute both to the royal wedding and to the Asscher-cut diamonds that grace the Crown Jewels. She said the company wanted to “bring back the love for royal pieces and show that the tiara does not have to be old-fashioned, but can be beautiful, romantic and modern, all in one.”

That statement also rings true for the modern-day Royal Asscher-cut diamond engagement rings featured below, which connect Joseph Asscher’s diamond-cutting legacy with a contemporary design fit for a princess.

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Royal Asscher diamond engagement ring. Also available in platinum and yellow gold. (Click photo to enlarge)

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Royal Asscher cut diamond engagement ring in white gold, with accompanying shoulder set diamonds. Also available in platinum and yellow gold. (Click photo to enlarge)

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Royal Asscher cut diamond engagement ring in white gold. Also available in platinum and yellow gold. (Click photo to enlarge)

Diamonds are a girls best friend! ….but not only for girls! They have also an amazing collection for man… and many unisex, and are availble through Schaap and Citroen, famous dutch jeweler (since 1888), in Utrecht, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Eindhoven

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http://www.schaapcitroen.nl

by Jean Amr

A bit of history: Compacts.

Compacts date from the early 1900s, a time when make-up had not gained widespread social acceptance and the first powder cases were often concealed within accessories such as jewellery, walking sticks or hatpins. From 1896, Plainsville, Massachusetts-based handbag manufacturer Whiting & Davis created lidded compartments in its bags where powder rouge and combs could be stowed. In 1908, Sears’ catalogue advertised a silver-plated case with mirror and powder puff (price 19 cents) and described it as small enough to fit in a pocketbook.

In the US, manufacturers such as Evans and Elgin American produced metal compacts with either finger chains or longer tango chains. Designed to be displayed rather than fitted in a handbag, they required more ornate designs and many from this era are examples of sleek Art Deco styling. As make-up became more mainstream and women were increasingly active outside the home, compacts became more popular. British manufacturer Stratton began importing part-finished powder boxes from the US for assembly at its Birmingham plant in 1923 and by the 1930s it was creating them from scratch and producing half the compacts used by the UK cosmetics industry!

Cartier Panther Vanity CaseThis vanity case, made in 1928 by Cartier, is similar in design to that owned by Jeanne Toussaint. It’s made of gold, platinum, enamal, diamonds, emeralds, rubies and onyx. The interior has a mirror, lipstick case, covered powder compartment and a cigarette compartment. This item is part of a later series of cases also inspired by Georges Barbier’s drawings of panthers, dogs, and gazelles. Another case decorated with greyhounds belonged to Elma Rumsey, Pierre Cartier’s wife. (Photo: N. Welsh, Cartier Collection © Cartier).

The company developed self-opening inner lids in 1948 (designed to protect the powder and prevent damage to fingernails) and by the 1960s it was exporting to agents worldwide. Compacts were heavily influenced by prevailing fashions, for instance, the 1922 discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb spawned Egypt-inspired obelisks, sphinxes and pyramids, while the growing popularity of the car meant compacts were incorporated into visors, steering wheels and gears.

 

 

 

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Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris, minaudiere Noir 18k gold black laquer, 1935

Famous French jewellers such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Boucheron, Mauboussin, and US jeweller Tiffany & Co began producing minaudières. A minaudière is a women’s fashion accessory, generally considered a jewelry piece, made of precious metal like sterling, gold or platinum, and many times inlaid with precious stones, carried on a metal or silk cord. Intended to be a substitute for an evening bag. A case with compartments, it allows storage for several items in a small space, such as a makeup compact, lipstick, watch, reading glasses, or keys.

The minaudière appeared during the 1930s. Its invention is attributed to Charles Arpels, of Van Cleef & Arpels, but many jewellers and Haute Couture designers have created their own models. Many times made by order. They where very popular in Hollywood, and among Royal society. Also in the 1930s, compacts were regularly updated to match the season’s fashion trends and gimmicks such as watches (Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Co .a.o) and even miniature windscreen wipers were included in designs. Later, compacts became popular souvenir items (both the Chicago and New York World Fairs of the 1930s included souvenir powder cases) designs could also be picked up as mementos of holidays abroad.

 

Contrasting color and a sunburst design place this 1934 Van Cleef & Arpels purse, Radiant Minaudiere, in the art deco period. Photo courtesy of MOCA.

Van Cleef & Arpels Minaudiere, black suede, 18k gold, diamonds en emeralds.  Contrasting color, and a sunburst design, place this 1934 Van Cleef & Arpels purse, radiant minaudiere, in the art deco period. (photo courtesy of MOCA).

Although compacts continued to be in widespread production up to the 1960s, their popularity diminished as the cosmetics industry created plastic containers that were designed to be discarded once the powder ran out. These began to be heavily advertised from the 1950s. Writing in Americana, Deirdre Clemente suggests that changing make-up trends , notably for natural rather than pale and powdered complexions from the late 1950s on, contributed to the declining popularity of the compact.

Even now, compacts ar many times little pecious items in a ladys purse or clutch. Made in beautuful shapes, and often in gold (colored  plastic). Famous ar the limited editions you see at the end of the year, mostly to celebrate Christmass. Some not from plasic but made of real metal. Famous are those from Estée Lauder, true collector items…..

 

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Van Cleef & Arpels Caresse d’Eole minaudière, white gold, rhodium, diamonds.

Everything is coming back! last year we saw the revival of the clutch, that little small evening bag. And now the minaudière! Not only made by it’s inventor Van Cleef & Arpels, but also by other jewellers like Cartier, Boucheron, Bvlgari, Harry Winston, and many fashion designers like Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior! Everything is coming back again.

Its going to be beautiful again in restaurants and at party’s! Thank you girls!

by Jean Amr

 

 

 

Amazing: Cartier, Art Deco Rock Crystal, Platinum, White Enamel and Diamond Table Clock

People who know me, know that I have a (total) weakness for desk or table clocks! Especially those from the French jewelery houses like Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef & Arpels, Mauboussin and…of cours: Cartier. Two years ago from now, there was one very nice example for aution then. A Cartier, France, Art Deco rock crystal, white enamel platinum and diamond table clock from circa 1920.

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Cartier, France, Art Deco table clock, circa 1920

This Cartier Art Deco pendulette is made of rock crystal and platinum. The milestone-shaped rock crystal clock centering a circular silver-tone engine-turned dial, with black Roman numerals and railroad minute track, with delicate platinum rose-cut diamond-set hands, encircled by a white enamel and gold bezel, accented by two diamond-set platinum florets. The dial signed Cartier, France (case no. 01041). The round 8-day movement is signed  ‘Made by Couet’, With signed fitted box.

3 1/4 x 2 11/16 x 5/16 inches.

It was estimate for $8,000-12,000 but it despite the original rock crystal easel was replaced with plexiglass, and the clock was not running, it was sold for $28,125 (includes Buyer’s Premium)! No, it’s not in my collection. It was far above my budget. But ohh so mouth watering beautiful….