Best of the Best 2005: Estate Jewelry
Rarely does a genuine jewelry masterpiece emerge on the market exemplifying the pinnacle in design, craftsmanship, and beauty of a specific era. This Lacloche Frères Art Deco ruby and diamond necklace is such a piece. “It’s one of the best examples of Art Deco design that I’ve ever seen,” says veteran estate jeweler Russell Zelenetz, co-owner of New York City’s Stephen Russell.
The esteemed French jeweler Lacloche Frères is best known for its artistically crafted jewelry made throughout the 1920s and ’30s. This piece flaunts nine teardrop-shaped Burmese rubies, weighing a total of 165 carats, each suspended from a unique geometric composition of round-, rectangle-, oval-, pentagon-, and hexagon-shaped diamonds set in platinum. The collar section comprises scallop-shaped, baguette, and asscher-cut diamonds. This bib-style design is coveted as much for its exceptional design execution and craftsmanship as it is for its rare natural Burmese rubies.
Stephen Russell, 212.570.6900
Camilla Dietz Bergeron presents an elaborate yet graceful 1935 diamond and platinum necklace with a voluptuous natural 20-millimeter pearl drop.
Cartier defined elegance during the Art Deco period with prized pieces such as this circa 1931 dress clip featuring a 21-carat cushion-cut Ceylon sapphire framed with 81 diamonds and two pearls.
Dina Collection’s treasured Lacloche Frères 1920s sapphire, ruby, emerald, and diamond Egyptian Revival bracelet is a sleek, Art Deco design infused with the influences of an exotic culture.
Camilla Dietz Bergeron, 212.794.9100
Cartier, 800.227.8437, www.cartier.com
Dina Collection, 310.888.1818