Lot 303
  • 303

Diamond and Green Garnet Brooch, JAR, Paris

450,000 - 650,000 USD
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  • JAR
  • diamond, garnet, silver, gold
Designed as a leek, the leaves set with round green garnets and the bulb set with a modified round corner rectangular-cut diamond and numerous single-cut diamonds, with workshop mark; circa 1989. With signed presentation stand studded with seed pearls.


The Jewels by JAR, Paris, The Somerset House, London, 2002-2003.

Jewels by JAR, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, November 20, 2013-March 9, 2014.


Illustrated in The Jewels by JAR, Paris Exhibition, The Somerset House, London, 2002-2003, page 268.


In good condition, with minor scratches to the platinum base. Stamped 750 for 18 karat gold and with workshop mark. The modified round corner rectangular-cut diamond weighing approximately 6.00 carats, is approximately H-I color, VS clarity. The accenting single-cut near colorless diamonds weigh a total of approximately 10.80 carats, are approximately D-F color, VS2-SI1 clarity. The garnets range from medium light strongly yellowish green to vibrant medium-deep green, bright and eye-clean to slightly included. Length 3½ inches.
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Catalogue Note

Born in New York City, Joel Arthur Rosenthal studied art history at Harvard University before heading to Paris to pursue his passion for creating jewelry. His shop was established on Place Vendôme in 1977 with no signs or windows, just his initials on the façade, which remain today. Widely acknowledged as being the most talented jeweler of his generation, his name is synonymous with exquisite artistry in jewelry. He is best known for using unconventional gems and materials in unexpected color combinations when creating one-of-a-kind pieces for his exclusive clientele including Elizabeth Taylor, Elle Macpherson, Ann Getty and Stephanie Seymour.

Frequently inspired by nature, JAR often draws on rather ordinary subjects, then transforming them into whimsical, unique works of art. Each piece imparts his creative vision and stands to tell a story of its own. The present brooch is no exception: the meticulous micro-pavé, seamless gradations of color and the undulating form of the plant all unite to bring this quintessentially JAR jewel to life. This spectacular brooch is accompanied by a decorative presentation stand, proving that this imaginative jewel is just as striking as an objet d’art as it is when being worn.