otheby’s is pleased to present Jewels: Made in America, featuring a selection of inspiring jewels made by some of the foremost American jewelers, open for bidding 16–23 July. With a special focus on contributions made to the jewelry world by celebrated makers such as Tiffany & Co., David Webb, Verdura and Harry Winston, among others, this sale offers jewels in hues of red, white, blue and beyond. Discover highlights such as a gleaming ‘Tiara Feather’ bracelet from Verdura, a masterfully designed invisibly-set ruby and diamond flower brooch from Oscar Heyman & Brothers, and a gemmy ‘Summer Berries’ bracelet from David Webb.
F irst and foremost a stone connoisseur – particularly diamonds – Harry Winston’s most important consideration when designing jewelry has always been allowing the gemstones to take center stage. With sophisticated yet understated mountings, this particular group of jewels perfectly encapsulates the timeless elegance of Winston’s designs, with superb quality diamonds that truly speak for themselves.
K nown for bold, adventurous and highly original designs, David Webb creates exemplary statement pieces that are true conversation starters. Since the firm’s inception in 1948, it has won critical acclaim from collectors and tastemakers alike. Each piece blends motifs and inspiration taken from varying cultures and time periods, spanning from ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian civilizations to the Art Deco period and beyond, married together with Webb’s unique aesthetic.
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V erdura strikes a balance between innovation and tradition, with whimsical yet timeless pieces that have become instantly recognizable over the years. The jewels offered here represent a few of the most iconic and beloved pieces in their repertoire. Made famous by Greta Garbo, the ‘Curb-Link’ was one of Verdura’s earliest designs, and is still ever popular today. The ‘Maltese Cross’ cuff is yet another icon that has remained versatile and relevant for many decades.