Lot 489
  • 489

Elegant and Rare Platinum, Aquamarine, Sapphire and Diamond Sautoir, Cartier, London

450,000 - 550,000 USD
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  • platinum, aquamarine, diamond
The pendant suspending three variously-cut aquamarines, the rectangular-shaped aquamarine weighing approximately 29.00 carats, supporting an octagonal-shaped aquamarine weighing approximately 54.20 carats, terminating in a pear-shaped biolette-cut aquamarine drop weighing approximately 59.30 carats, spaced by geometric links decorated with cabochon sapphires weighing approximately 5.30 carats, completed by the original silk cord applied with diamond-set accents, the round and single-cut diamonds weighing approximately 1.15 carats, necklace length 30 5/8 inches, pendant length 4¼ inches, unsigned; 1929.

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by Certificate of Authenticity No. GE2009-107 from Cartier stating that the sautoir is 'Cartier London, 1929.'

A December 1928 Vogue article titled Fashion: A Jewels Song From Paris exclaimed that, ‘A woman of a clearly exotic type may exaggerate the number, the richness, and the originality of her jewels. Another, whose profile is classic, will wear only diamonds mounted with simple severity.’ At the time that this sautoir was created by Cartier London, the colorful, Eastern-inspired jewels of the 1920s were giving way to the bold, exclusively diamond-encrusted pieces of the 1930s.

As this was a period when it was the changing fashions and roles of women that dictated changing trends and tastes, it is important to consider the woman who would have worn this piece. Her independence is illustrated by the bold and rare choice of aquamarine, and the ease with which the piece may be worn; the symmetrical design of the pendant and the flexible cord from which it hangs suggests the owner donned the columnar fashions of the day, the pendant designed to move freely while enjoying the new sounds of jazz; the diamond-set clasp suggests she likely had the fashionable bob-style haircut of the day, allowing observers to get a last bit of sparkle as they took a second look. It is also possible, due to the unique stone choice and design of the sautoir, that this was specially commissioned to adorn a particular frock, perhaps a custom creation by Coco Chanel.

Aquamarine jewels by Cartier are especially rare, and only a few known examples in the Cartier Collection exist. The present lot joins those designs created for the coronation of King George VI and for Elsie de Wolfe in illustrating the design firm’s strength in using the ocean-hued stone to create striking jewels, perfect in balance and symmetry.