Accompanied by a photocopy of a Certificate of Authenticity from Françoise Cailles.
Suzanne Belperron was one of the most prominent female jewelry designers of the early 20th century. Trained under René Boivin, she eventually became the co-director of Maison Boivin, developing her talent via incredibly detailed gouache sketches which scholars now use as a window into her creative mind. In 1932, she accepted the offer to work with the Parisian dealer Bernard Herz, who specialized in pearls and precious stones, where she continued to refine her distinct style and designs. In 1933, while still retaining her partnership with Herz, Belperron opened her own store at 59 rue de Chateaudun where clients flocked, exclusively coming to her through referrals. Owning a Belperron was a sign of status and pieces were often commissioned by fashion and social icons such as Elsa Schiaparelli, Diana Vreeland, and the Duchess of Windsor.
Belperron's innovative and non-traditional use of seemingly opposite materials enabled her to create truly exceptional pieces of wearable art. The mixing of hardstones such as rock crystal and chalcedony with more traditional materials such as diamonds, sapphires and pearls, are now trademarks of the Belperron aesthetic. The present lot features a wonderful dialogue between the hard clean edges of the crystal, the soft curves of the multi-colored cultured pearls and the bright shine of the diamonds.
As an avid traveler, Belperron found aesthetic influences in all forms of nature; she documented her observations meticulously in personal sketchbooks which influenced her designs until her death in 1970. One might say that the bracelet offered here was influenced by Belperron’s visit to Egypt, specifically the Pyramids at Giza, on the occasion of her engagement in the autumn of 1923. The rock crystal plaques are semi-pyramidal with plateaus that allow the pearls to be gently perched. An interpretation of the ‘White Jewelry’ popularized in the 1930s, it is fitting that unlike most diamond-heavy pieces created during this time, Belperron looked to unconventional materials in striking combinations to create a design that remains eternally chic and modern.
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