T his spring, our Paris Fine Jewels sale will celebrate the elegance of the Belle Époque and Art Deco. We will be presenting two standout pieces, beautiful examples of French Jewellery, made between 1900 and 1920. To begin with, a beautiful necklace from the house of Mellerio, in its original case. Dated from around 1900, this necklace of Négligé design, set with rubies and diamonds, certainly has held a place of honor in the Jewellery collection of its original owner.
The rounded lines inspired by nature, of the Art Nouveau movement are followed by the geometry and rigor of Art Deco. The exceptional old-mine cut diamonds and onyx brooch from the house of Boivin that we are presenting today is an early example of this style. Crafted around 1910, its avant-garde geometric lines announce the Art Deco movement that would begin in the following decade.
Click on the red dots to read details of this ring and the history of Repossi
- White Diamond
Pear-shaped diamond weighing 2.09 carats, accompanied by a GIA report no. 5141564143, dated 03 April 2012, stating that the diamond measuring 12.77 x 7.12 x 3.81mm, weighing 2.09 carats is G Colour, VVS2 Clarity.
- History of Repossi I
Repossi, the famous Turin jewelry house, was founded in the 1940s by Costantino Repossi.
From the very beginning, Repossi's creations stood out for their combination of excellent savoir-faire and strong lines, influenced by Constantino’s studies in industrial design.
Taken over by Alberto Repossi in the 1970s, the company rapidly gained recognition to become a major name in international jewellery.
- Fancy Yellow Diamond
Cushion-shaped Fancy Yellow diamond weighing 7.19 carats, accompanied by GIA report no. 5131020724, dated 04 February 2012, stating that the diamond weighing 7.19 carats, measuring 11.22 x 10.43 x 6.69mm is Natural, Fancy Yellow Colour, VVS1 Clarity.
- History of Repossi II
It is now Gaia, Alberto's daughter, who has directed the creation of Repossi since 2007.
Her creations with their pure lines have all been very quickly successful, like her 'Berbère' line launched in 2011. In 2014, Gaia presented her new collection built around a new technique: the Serti sur Vide. A perfect representation of the minimalist and architectural style of Gaia Repossi, it revolutionized the great jewellery classics.
Set on an invisible mount, the stones appear to float above the skin. The important ring that we are presenting in our spring sale is a perfect example of Repossi’s technique of Serti sur Vide. The two diamonds (weighing 2.09 and 7.19 carats respectively) mounted on either side of an open ring, give an impression of ethereal gracefulness, allowing the light to enhance the beauty of these two exceptional stones.
Ring partially signed Repossi, numbered, French assay mark for 18 carat gold, maker's mark.
Jewels by the Decade
Wièse | Broche or et perle | Gold and pearl brooch
Mellerio dits Meller | Collier rubis et diamants | Ruby and diamond necklace
Lacloche Frères | Sautoir-montre cristal de roche, émail, améthystes et diamants | Rock crystal, enamel, amethyst and diamond sautoir-watch
Bague saphirs et diamants | Sapphire and diamond ring
Bague onyx et diamant | Onyx and diamond ring
Broche double-clip diamants | Diamond double clip-brooch
Collier diamants | Diamond necklace
Van Cleef & Arpels | Pochette du soir or | Gold evening clutch
Sautoir-montre quartz oeil-de-tigre | Tiger's-eye quartz watch-sautoir
Montre bracelet de dame or | Lady's gold wristwatch
Demi-parure saphirs, émeraudes et diamants | Sapphire, emerald and diamond demi-parure
Repossi | Bague diamant Fancy Yellow et diamants | Fancy Yellow diamond and diamond ring
Pierre Sterlé was an inspired and innovative jeweller who was also a lover of nature. Known as "the couturier of jewellery", he invented “fil d’ange”, a gold plating technique that he used in the creating of feathers for his famous bird brooches. As time went on, he gradually moved away from naturalism and his formal repertoire drew closer to that of artists Georges Braque or Jean Cocteau, both of whom he admired.
His designs also became more refined; the bird in flight is no longer clearly described but simply suggested by baguette and marquise-shaped diamonds. Created in the 1960s, the "Mirage" collection belongs to this greater abstraction, an approach where two-tone gold prevails.