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10 January 2021

Cartier panthers at Artcurial

In its annual Monaco sale, Artcurial includes around twenty Cartier panthers. “They all come from a personal collection of 100 pieces of jewelry that a great jewelry lover gave as a present to his wife,” says Julie Valade, director of the jewelry departement. Cartier has been inspired by panthers since 1914 and has never stopped creating new versions. The panthers on sale dating from 1990 to 2010 take various forms: all-gold ring alongside one entirely set with diamonds, a pendant spotted with enamel or black onyx, flat or in 3D, as well as a necklace, a brooch, etc. Not to mention a spotted watch that echoes the original 1914 model. My favorite piece : the roaring stylized and faceted panther into which you slip your finger.

Auction 20 January 2021 at L’Hermitage, Monte-Carlo

In its annual Monaco sale, Artcurial includes around twenty Cartier panthers. "They all come from a personal collection of 100 pieces of jewelry that a great jewelry...

08 January 2021

Melanie Georgacopoulos’ padded mother-of-pearl

In her latest collection, Melanie Georgacopoulos pulls off a new feat: padded mother-of-pearl, sculpted as if a button had been pushed into a cushion. “Only the tenderness of this material, often seen as a disadvantage, made this work possible. I had fun associating it with diamond, the hardest stone.” Over the last decade, Mélanie Georgacopoulos has masterfully taken mother-of-pearl, her favorite material, out of the classical register thanks to spectacular pieces and new techniques. Her masterstroke: cutting the pearl in half to reveal its inner beauty (for M/G Tasaki), plus the different layers of mother-of-pearl that compose it. Her Instagram account, with images that celebrate this material above and beyond her own creations, is a must.

In her latest collection, Melanie Georgacopoulos pulls off a new feat: padded mother-of-pearl, sculpted as if a button had been pushed into a cushion. "Only the...

07 January 2021

Cathy Waterman's fairy tale at White Bird

Los Angeles-based designer Cathy Waterman creates about fifty unique pieces for a select few boutiques around the world each year. White Bird is her sole representative in Europe. Waterman is passionate about the Middle Ages and draws in her work on naturalistic motifs such as oak leaves, laurel leaves and bramble leaves. The chiseled openwork gold on the frames conjures up dewdrops or tears, while the subtle blend of very warm (almost pure) 22-carat gold or oxidized gold with luminous white platinum imbues her pieces with an emotive beauty.

Los Angeles-based designer Cathy Waterman creates about fifty unique pieces for a select few boutiques around the world each year. White Bird is her sole...

12 September 2020

Ancient jewelry on Caillou

Having worked in communications for a number of contemporary jewelery designers, Anne-Lise Delsol launched Caillou. On this site, she sells her selection of antique pieces exclusively from professional dealers. “All those years of walking around antique fairs with my collector father suddenly caught up with me!” Her sharp eye falls  mainly on delicate jewelry of charm and finesse, with a beautiful choice of earrings and engagement rings. Other irresistible treasures to be discovered at Caillou : “Les Réinventés” collection including the solo earrings that Anne-Lise Delsol makes from elements adorning tiepins that have fallen into disuse. Spellbinding.

Budget between €250 and €3500.

Having worked in communications for a number of contemporary jewelery designers, Anne-Lise Delsol launched Caillou. On this site, she sells her selection of antique...

25 August 2020

The Vendome family: Thierry the son

The “Jean Vendome Artist Jeweler” exhibition will give rise to several conferences, including one by his son, Thierry. And who better than Thierry, also a jeweler, to talk about him? All the more so as he also worked with his father for 23 years… “He wanted me to work with minerals but I had to break free! I started working with rusty metals, which was a real trend in the 80s, driftwood, pebbles, shells.” Today, Thierry Vendome is back to minerals and above all to opal, which he loves above all else. “It’s true that my work is close to that of my father: he was and remains my master.”

 

Conversation “L’art de Jean Vendome” (in French only) with Thierry Vendome and François Farges, 5 November 2020 at the National Musum of Natural History

The "Jean Vendome Artist Jeweler" exhibition will give rise to several conferences, including one by his son, Thierry. And who better than Thierry, also a jeweler, to...

11 August 2020

Céline Daoust's first Paris store

The door handle at 8 rue de Grenelle, Céline Daoust’s first store in Paris, is in polished jasper with green highlights. It embodies the passion devoted to precious stones by the Belgian designer, who spends six months of the year in Jaipur picking out each of her rock crystals, slice-cut diamonds, moonstones and tourmalines (her favorite stone), including the bi-colored watermelon variety in pink and green. Indian craftspeople then fix them into her delicate settings: multi-medallion necklaces, hand- or eye-shaped pendants, and reversible rings like charming talismans.

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The door handle at 8 rue de Grenelle, Céline Daoust's first store in Paris, is in polished jasper with green highlights. It embodies the passion devoted to precious...

03 August 2020

Inouïtoosh's gem-printed scarf

Lise Guitton, the Inouïtoosh’s designer who works with both scarves and jewelry, has dreamed up a large silk square printed with precious stones – amethysts, agate and diamonds – whose washed -out colors evoke a 19th century encyclopedia. Some appear in the rough as crystals still in their gangue, while others are entirely faceted, in oval, cushion and pear cuts. On the fluid silk, depending on whether the scarf is worn rolled, twisted, folded into a point or draped as a sarong, the mineral motifs overlap each other and are repositioned, forming marvelous abstract tableaux.

€155 – 130cm x 130 cm

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Lise Guitton, the Inouïtoosh's designer who works with both scarves and jewelry, has dreamed up a large silk square printed with precious stones – amethysts, agate...

06 July 2020

"Dina à la loupe", a fascinating book

I wanted to know more about Dina Level because her name keeps cropping up over and over again in the jewelry world. Conceived like a family album from photos, press clippings, and letters, the book ” Dina à la loupe ” (Dina under the magnifying glass) draws the portrait of an unusual gemmologist, a sparkling petite woman who has never stopped sharing her immense knowledge. In retracing the life of Dina Level from her birth to the 80s, Catherine Aubert (a former student) transports us into the world of stones. We witness the birth of the Laboratoire Française de Gemmologie in the 1920s. We go from her classrooms to the jewelers’ workshops via the rooms of the Cluny museum. We meet characters and luminaries such as Jean Vendome, Roger Caillois and Daniel Alcouffe, director of the department of objets d’art at the Louvre. A fascinating book for beginners and connoisseurs alike.

I wanted to know more about Dina Level because her name keeps cropping up over and over again in the jewelry world. Conceived like a family album from photos, press...

01 July 2020

Anaconda at White Bird

What a pleasure it is to discover Monica Rossi’s jewelry at White Bird! I met this Italian designer in the early 2000s when she had a boutique in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Her 19-carat gold, of an infinitely subtle color, is shaped like old lace. Her necklaces are inspired by rosaries. Monica Rossi hunts down miniature elements and has others (like her crocheted bears) made by Italian artisans. She then assembles them into “story necklaces”. Her leitmotif: the engraved secret message placed inside a medallion, a ring or rolled gold leaf. Pure poetry.

 

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What a pleasure it is to discover Monica Rossi's jewelry at White Bird! I met this Italian designer in the early 2000s when she had a boutique in...

09 June 2020

Marin Montagut's mineralogical plates

These 19th century encyclopedic plates were hunted out by Marin Montagut, who then painted jaspers, agates, amethysts, etc. in watercolor. They have found an ideal showcase in the brand new Parisian shop of this iconoclastic creator. Video director, movie set designer, illustrator, and travel guide designer, Marin Montagut has created a dreamlike and joyful universe reminiscent of a cabinet of curiosities: scarves with motifs recalling the districts of Paris, cardboard treasure boxes painted by him, collections of antique glassware or bells, etc.

145 euros

 

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These 19th century encyclopedic plates were hunted out by Marin Montagut, who then painted jaspers, agates, amethysts, etc. in watercolor. They have found an ideal...
  • Cartier at Artcurial - Lot 452 a diamond pave-set panther frieze, emerald and gold necklace - Circa 2005 - Estimated €80-120,000

  • Cartier at Artcurial - Lot 452 a diamond pave-set panther frieze, emerald and gold necklace - Circa 2005 - Estimated €80-120,000

  • Cartier at Artcurial - Lot 451 a diamond, onyx and platinum ring - 2008 - €25-35,000 / Lot 427 a diamond, peridot, onyx, lacquered and gold ring - 2009 - €5-6,000

  • Cartier at Artcurial - Lot 451 a diamond, onyx and platinum ring - 2008 - €25-35,000

  • Cartier at Artcurial - Lot 425 a diamond, emerald, onyx, enamel and gold long necklace - Ca. 2008 - €12-15,000

  • Cartier at Artcurial - Lot 404 "Panthère molle" pendant in blackered silver and yellow gold necklace in its box - €3-3,500

  • Cartier at Artcurial - Lot 428 a tsavorite garnet, laquer, gold on black silk necklace - €5-6,000 / Lot 429 a tsavorite garnet, enamel and 18k yellow gold necklace - €2-3,000

  • Cartier at Artcurial - Lot 633 a platinum, laquer, onyx and diamond set lady's wristwatch ; movement by LeCoultre - Ca. 1938 - Estimated €20-30,000

  • Cartier at Artcurial - Lot 633 a platinum, laquer, onyx and diamond set lady's wristwatch ; movement by LeCoultre - Ca. 1938 - Estimated €20-30,000

  • Cartier at Artcurial - Lot 450 corsage double clip - €12-15,000

  • Melanie Georgacopoulos

  • Melanie Georgacopoulos

  • Melanie Georgacopoulos

  • Melanie Georgacopoulos

  • Cathy Waterman - "Lace Edged" earrings in recycled platinum, labradorites (21 carats), rose-cut diamonds - €19,500

  • Cathy Waterman - Pendant in recycled platinum, diamonds, boulder opal - €14,400 (chain sold separately) / Earrings in recycled platinum, rose cut diamonds and labradorites 21 carats - €19 500

  • Cathy Waterman - Ring in recycled platinum, diamonds and central emerald 2.08 carats - €6,480

  • Cathy Waterman - Locket in 22k recycled gold, recycled platinum and diamonds - €16,200 (chain sold separately)

  • Cathy Waterman - "Double Milgrain Ribbon" ring in 22k recycled gold, recycled platinum and diamonds - €10,800

  • Cathy Waterman - "Square Bamboo" pendant in recycled platinum, diamonds and a green tourmaline - €34,500 (chain sold separately)

  • Cathy Waterman - "Bamboo Three Leaves" hoops in 22k recycled gold, recycled platinum, diamonds - €23,500

  • Cathy Waterman - "Cat Claw" ring in 22k recycled gold, central diamond of 0.9 carat, white diamonds - €9,800

  • Earrings in gold, diamonds and natural pearls / in gold and jet - Late 19th century - SOLD / €1,555

  • Cuff-bracelet in pink gold - Napoleon III - SOLD

  • Rings in gold and agate intaglio / in gold and diamonds (around 0,2 carats) - €1,805 et €1,025 - Mid-19th century / Ca. 1950

  • "Les Réinventés" solo earring made from a ancient tiepin in gold and dendritic agate

  • Anne-Lise Delsol, founder of Caillou and her solo earrings made from elements adorning tiepins

  • Thierry Vendome -

  • Thierry Vendome - "Branch" ring in gold and indicolite - 2018

  • Thierry Vendome - "Ikebana" brooch in gold, rust and Tahitian pearl - 2007

  • Thierry Vendome - "Ruban" rings in gold and diamonds - 2005

  • Thierry Vendome - "Wild Garden" necklace in rust, chalcedonies, amethysts and barbed wires - 2012

  • Thierry Vendome - "Rupture" pendentif in wood and silver - 1990

  • Thierry Vendome - "Purple" necklace transformable in brooch brooch in gold, amethysts crystals and sawn timber - 2020

  • Thierry Vendome - "Ecume" ring in gold, Australian opal, diamonds - 2020

  • Thierry Vendome - "Tamise" necklace in gold, Australian opal, aquamarines, diamonds - 2020

  • Céline Daoust's first Paris store

  • Céline Daoust's first Paris store

  • Céline Daoust's first Paris store

  • Céline Daoust's first Paris store

  • Céline Daoust - Pendants in watermelon tourmaline

  • Céline Daoust - Ring and pendant in grey diamonds

  • Céline Daoust - Ring in watermelon tourmaline

  • Céline Daoust

  • Céline Daoust

  • Inouitoosh

  • Inouitoosh

  • Inouitoosh

  • Dina Level

  • Dina Level and Jean Vendome

  • Page 85 of the "Dina à la loupe" book (2000) - Dina Level by Pierre de Belay

  • Dina Level and her collection auctioned at Drouot in 1995

  • Monica Rossi, Italian designer of Anaconda

  • Anaconda at White Bird - "Manon" ring in 19-carat gold, diamonds ans pink topaz

  • Anaconda - Necklace in tourmalines

  • Anaconda at White Bird - Rings "Avesh" and "King of Blue" in 19-carat gold, champagne diamonds and nephrite jade

  • Anaconda at White Bird - "Mia" earrings in 19-carat gold, diamonds and mother-of-pearl

  • Anaconda - "Gabriel" ring in 9-carat gold and rutile quartz - Unique piece

  • Anaconda

  • Anaconda

  • Anaconda

  • Marin Montagut - Encyclopedic mineralogical plates from the 19th century

  • Marin Montagut - Encyclopedic mineralogical plates from the 19th century

  • Marin Montagut © Romain Ricard

  • Marin Montagut's boutique, Paris

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