Sunday, October 23, 2022

A Schlumberger Pink Sapphire

 It's a little much...but pink sapphires are wonderful. The brooch was originally made for a baroness whose daughter married a Habsburg. From The Court Jeweller:

This spectacular midcentury brooch features a 92-carat pink sapphire surrounded by an abstract floral frame made of gold set with diamonds and blue sapphires. It was designed by Jean Schlumberger, the incredible mind behind so many iconic 20th-century Tiffany creations....Schlumberger, noted for his collaborations with famous beauties in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, was one of only a handful of Tiffany designers who was permitted to sign his work. His jewels were worn and loved by the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Babe Paley, the Duchess of Windsor, Jayne Wrightsman, and Bunny Mellon. On their jewelry-focused Instagram account, Sotheby’s shared a little insight into his process: “In the 1950s, ordering jewellery was just like ordering couture gowns: Schlumberger sometimes required up to five fittings for one piece.” The auction house has previously summed up his work neatly: “Schlumberger’s fantastical brand of creativity flourished in the non-conformist spirit of the 1960s and ‘70s, his designs embraced by women wanting something slightly unorthodox while remaining well within the realm of good taste.” (Read more.)

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