Fine Jewels
Online Auction: 18 February–4 March 2021 • 3:00 PM CET • Milan

Fine Jewels 18 February–4 March 2021 • 3:00 PM CET • Milan

M ilan’s Weekly Edit of Fine Jewels presents an array of exceptional pieces from the 19th century to the present. Glamourous jewels from the iconic houses of Cartier, Bulgari and Chaumet alongside gemstones of different colours are for sale.

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Jewels by the Decade
Icons of Design: Alhambra

To be lucky, you have to believe in luck”, said Jacques Arpels, and luck has been a recurring theme in Van Cleef & Arpels’ collections. In 1968, the Maison launched a sautoir ornamented with 20 little gold four-leaf clover motifs, edged in beaded or “perlé” gold.

Called Alhambra in reference to architectural elements of the famous Moorish city fortress, that resembled the clover motif, it also tapped into the prevailing mood of exoticism and hippie-luxe. While the long, loose, casual necklace captured the spirit of the ages, freedom and social and cultural revolution.


“To be lucky, you have to believe in luck.”
Jacques Arpels

The Wearable Art of Pietro Consagra

Pietro Consagra photocredit ML Fine Art

One of the most powerful ways to transform one’s look or capture one’s expression of style is through jewelry. From simple jewels such as stud earrings to an extravagant diamond necklace, every jewel tells its own story.

In the last century, many famous artists from the Bauhaus, Surrealist and Cubist movements began experimenting with their art in 3D; thus, the idea of ‘wearable art’ was conceived, creating an outlet from the conventions of traditional jewelry allowing these artists to create unique designs, often with sculptural qualities.

Pietro Consagra
Diamond brooch (Spilla in diamanti)
Estimate: 10,000 – 15,000 EUR
Pietro Consagra | Diamond brooch
Artist Pietro Consagra, both a sculptor and jeweller wrote “a jewel is a charge of emotion, ecstasy in the pleasure of what he holds in his hand, in the allusive forms that he makes explicit.

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Artists' jewels are not only decorative but express the character of the wearer and artist in the most unique and individual way.

The Vanity and Cigarette Case

Van Cleef Arpels 1941 Vanity Case

Bejewelled, elaborate and delicate; the vanity case is the essence of elegance. An embellished case that serves many different roles, the vanity case is both clutch and compact case allowing for ultimate yet discrete storage for one’s accessories.

Since the 1930s, the greatest jewellery houses such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, Tiffany, Cartier, Chaumet, Schlumberger, Lacloche, Boivin, Mauboussin and Buccellati, have all have created styles of these precious cases that have reflected trends from Art Deco, to Art Nouveau, Cubism to Bauhaus.

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