IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Jewel of the day: Alan Anderson Crystal Sautoir Necklace

Toronto-based Alan Anderson designs contemporary crystal jewelry with vintage inspiration and flair, often using vintage components. His pieces are hand assembled. This sautoir can be worn as is or the chain can double around the neck to provide a choker feature. Described as 1930s inspired, this sells for USD$2,900.

 

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Jewel of the day: Faberge Diamond Tiara

Though seldom worn today, tiaras still have the power to fascinate. This one was made in the Faberge workshop in 1890. It came up for auction with Sotheby’s in 2007. They noted at that time, “A MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE DIAMOND TIARA, BY FABERGE. Designed as a series of graduated old-cut diamond arches with knife edge collet spacers, the central pear-shaped diamond flanked by three briolette and one old-cut diamond, each with diamond collet and leaf surmount to the foliate band, on gold wire frame, mounted in silver and gold, circa 1890, 13.2 cm. wide, with Russian assay marks for gold
Maker’s mark for August Holmström on frame.”

I think magnificent is a perfect word for this jewel. The pre-auction estimate was GBP 400,000 – GBP 600,000; the price realized was GBP 1,050,400.

Jewel of the day: Psihii Alto Bracelet

Toronto and Greece based Psihii offers some clean and fairly unisex looks. Here a bracelet they describe this way, “Through the manipulation of various materials and expressions, these artisan designs are founded in the principle of mixing art and wearability. This is the art of style. 6mm Lava rock layered with 4mm Onyx gemstones and black Greek wax cord, accented with silver rings and with our signature .925 Sterling Silver PSIHII toggle closure.
Adjustable to size. Entirely handmade in our PSIHII workshop.”

The site offers measurement guidelines. This sells for USD$103.52.

 

Jewel of the day: Metropolitan Museum of Art Irises Glass Pendant

I love me some museum gift shop jewellery. This piece from New York’s famed Metropolitan Museum of Art takes a detail from a piece by Tiffany and renders it into a pendant hung from a brass chain. The museum notes, “This unique pendant reproduces a detail from Magnolias and Irises, a leaded–glass window made by Tiffany Studios about 1908. Its delicately rendered irises and magnolia blossoms form a frame around a winding river and distant hills.

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933), one of America’s most noted decorative artists, embodied the artistic spirit of the Gilded Age. Using his innovative opalescent Favrile glass, he achieved pictorial effects of unsurpassed subtlety and beauty. Our exclusive pendant is meticulously handcrafted in New York City.”

This piece sells for UsD$78.

 

Jewel of the day: Coeur de Lion Cat Eye Bracelet

If you’re looking for something colourful that won’t break the bank, here’s the thing: a pretty bracelet by Coeur de Lion.

Available from The Giving Tree Gallery, it’s described as, “Rhinestone rondelles with Swarovski Crystals combined with stainless steel, polaris and fine glass cylinders on adjustable chain with lobster clasp.”

This sells for USD$115.

 

Jewel of the day: Maximira Coral and Diamond Rose Gold Earrings

You don’t see coral earrings as much anymore (environmental considerations notwithstanding) but they were a favoured element in jewelry throughout the last century.

This pair made in 2012, by NY-based Maximira, is described as: A vibrant pair of natural Coral earrings handcrafted in 18k Rose gold and pave set with 1.36 carats of Full Cut F/G Color VS Quality Diamonds. These earrings feature a post and nut closure and are fully flexible.

These sell for USD$5,880.

Jewel of the day: Podobena Venus Wire Ring

This ring by Podobena offers a bit of heft, but not too much so as to be unwearable. It’s available in bronze or silver; price appears to be the same for each but that may be incorrect – USD$75.

Jewel of the day: Esther Assouline Pink Sapphire & Diamond Long Necklace

This necklace by Esther Assouline is perfect for someone who likes the jewellery more delicate. Sold by ABC Home and Carpet, they note, “The golden pendant features a pink sapphire set in bezel, accented by white diamonds. Hand-etched details trace back to the origin of goldsmithing, adding depth and character to the jewelry piece. Pink sapphire is the stone of wisdom and strength of heart, resilience and spiritual healing. Handmade in France.”

This sells for USD$$6,600.

Jewel of the day: Rachel Atherly Moonstone Earrings

These moonstone earrings by Rachel Atherly are a pretty waterfall of moonstones. Offered by Ylang 23, the site notes, “These organic drop earrings from Rachel Atherley have a wonderful glow. The large graduated drop showcases bright rainbow moonstones. Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold. Detailed in moonstone. Measures 3 1/8-in. long. Finished with gold ear wires.”

These sell for USD$1,310.

 

Jewel of the day: JAR Gold and Diamond Ring

Coming up for auction on October 17 at Sotheby’s is this bauble by famed jeweller JAR. His exhibited pieces are generally a tour de force of stone setting in extravagant designs. This rather more prosaic piece is also lovely and wearable. The catalogue notes, “Set with an emerald-cut diamond, the shank set with single-cut diamonds on both sides, gross weight approximately 14 dwts, size 8½, signed JAR paris; circa 1996. With signed box.”

Auction estimate is USD$10,000-15,000 but I suspect it will go much higher.

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