• Beauty

    Beauty

Nicolas Bos
"The vision of beauty that we wanted to express with this selection of jewellery for the “Beauty Room” is like immersing oneself in a representation of nature. These ideas might combine the notions of the ephemeral and fragile, of the cycles of changing seasons, of the colours, movement and everything that, starting with artists, creators have sought to pin down or reinterpret with different means in their own universe: in painting, sculpture, architecture and jewellery."
Nicolas Bos
Nicolas Bos
"The vision of beauty that we wanted to express with this selection of jewellery for the “Beauty Room” is like immersing oneself in a representation of nature. These ideas might combine the notions of the ephemeral and fragile, of the cycles of changing seasons, of the colours, movement and everything that, starting with artists, creators have sought to pin down or reinterpret with different means in their own universe: in painting, sculpture, architecture and jewellery."

Jewellery meaCA ns decoration, the ability to add and instil beauty in the wearer. Beauty is also an intrinsic part of jewellery, of the craftsmanship behind them, their colour palettes, materials, techniques and shapes, all combined with harmony and proportion. Nicolas Bos has skilfully interpreted beauty based on nature, and the jewellery on show here has the ability to suspend time through its dazzling beauty.

 

Silhouette Fleur

Van Cleef & Arpels
Clip, Fleur silhouette, Paris, 1937
yellow gold, rubies, diamonds
11 x 10 x 2 cm
Van Cleef & Arpels Collection

In the former collection of Prince Aga Khan
The design of this dramatic Silhouette clip is quite unusual. It stylises a flower made of a yellow gold twisted ribbon to make up petals. This clip was sold to Prince Aga Khan in 1937. A very similar jewel was offered by
Douglas Fairbanks to Marlene Dietrich.

Poppy

Van Cleef & Arpels
Clip, Poppy, Paris, 1956
platinum, yellow gold, Mystery-set rubies, diamonds
height 5.5 cm
Van Cleef & Arpels Collection, former collection of Count Matarazzo

This Poppy epitomises the nature theme dear to Van Cleef & Arpels, as well as its famous
Mystery-setting™ technique patented in 1933. It consist in setting stones in such a way that no prongs are visible. Each faceted stone is delicately inserted into a thin gold net less than two-tenths of a millimetre thick. Once complete, the gems appear to be entirely free-standing. Because of the complexity of the process, Mystery-setting™ pieces are extremely rare.

Fern

Van Cleef & Arpels
Clip, Fern, Paris, 1947
platinum, yellow gold, sapphires, diamonds
8.7 x 8 x 1.7 cm
Van Cleef & Arpels Collection

The design of this clip was very famous in the ’40s, together with the Cristaux de neige model. Many variations existed with turquoises and rubies, diamonds or cabochon rubies. Even if set with fifty sapphires and more than a hundred diamonds, this clip is still the epitome of lightness. It symbolises the revival of haute joaillerie abandoned as the
result of the war and the return of femininity.

Rose

David Webb
Clip, Rose, USA, 1962
platinum, yellow and white gold, turquoise, nephrite jade, white coral rose, diamonds
7.5 x 6.5 cm
Private collection San Francisco, California

American jeweller David Webb had a great talent for bold designs, color and stone combinations as evidenced by this clip.
In Webb’s poetic kingdom, a cute turquoise and diamonds ladybug is delicately visiting a petal of the rose.

Art Nouveau choker

Lucien Gaillard
Art Nouveau choker, France, c. 1900
yellow gold, plique-à-jour enamel, diamonds,
velvet
inner circumference 32.5 x 5.5 cm
Faerber Collection

Designed as three openwork panels of green plique-à-jour enamel ginkgo leaves, adorned with black enamel stems and rosecut diamonds, rose and old European-cut diamond trim, backed by a black velvet ribbon.

Clip

Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger®
Clip, USA, 1960
yellow gold, yellow sapphires, rubies
4 x 3 x 2.5 cm
New York Collection

Schlumberger joined Tiffany & Co. In 1956
as vice president, where he created many
designs inspired by nature.
This clip was inspired by the chestnut flower
with the stones creating the texture shell. The
delicate leaf embraces the chestnut, creating
a sense of movement.

Beauty Room 2015 - 2016

Ia Edition 2015 - 2016

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