Monday, January 20, 2014

Exceptional Family Jewels

Dragon clip, Van Cleef & Arpels, 1969. Yellow gold, coral, emeralds.

Spanish Dancer clip, Van Cleef & Arpels, 1941. Platinum, yellow gold, rubies, emeralds, diamonds.
Bluebird clip, Van Cleef & Arpels, 1963. Platinum, yellow gold, sapphires, turquoises, coral, diamonds.

Pastilles clip, Van Cleef & Arpels, 1951. Platinum, yellow gold, osmior, rubies, diamonds.
Multicolored Handkerchief Earrings. Sapphires, demantoid and other garnets, zircons, tourmalines, emeralds, rubies, fire opals, spinels, beryls, diamonds, platinum, silver, and gold.

Poppy Brooch, 1982. Diamond, tourmalines, and gold.
Episcopal Cross, of Neapolitan manufacture, features gold, emeralds and diamonds. It was given in 1878 by King Umberto I and Queen Margherita of Savoy.

Pyx with jeweled cross in gold, rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds. It was offered by King Ferdinand II in 1831.
Statuette of St. George, 1586/97, height 50cm, Munich. An armored St. George sits astride an opal-eyed horse carved from chalcedony.

The knight’s armor and the horse’s caparison, or covering, are delicately enameled and encrusted with rubies, sapphires, diamonds, rock crystal, pearls. The green-scaled dragon is decorated likewise, with the addition of emeralds.