Clockwise: Lot 171: Carved emerald, diamond & platinum ear clips, Monture Cartier, $40,000-60,000; Lot 173: Carved emerald, diamond & platinum brooch, Cartier, $60,000-80,000; Lot 172: Art Deco platinum, emerald, diamond & enamel ring, $5,000-7,000
Unearthed in the Andean region of Columbia, then fashioned in the renowned colored gem cutting center Jaipur, India, the world's most illustrious emeralds are given life. For centuries, skilled craftsman from the Pink City adorned India's Maharaja with carefully carved emeralds, a symbol of power and balance. Drawn to the exotic nature of The East and the impeccable artistry of Indian gem cutters, it is no surprise Louis Cartier traveled to India in search of these exquisitely crafted gems. As a departure from the geometric trend of the Art Deco period, these carved gems evoke a softer, more natural aesthetic. Early twentieth century European art embodied this dichotomy of restraint and expression, a duality not only obvious in Cartier's body of work, but also indicative of the climate between the world wars.
Auction | May 09, 2019 at 12pm
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