On February 5, 2015 at Sotheby’s Important Jewels Auction in New York, business was booming. Demand for the rare and the unusual is stronger than ever. There were two pairs of earrings by JAR that were probably the most coveted items in the auction. The earrings went way beyond their estimates.
Both pairs of earrings are really over the top and were designed to be owned by the very rich. A total of thirteen bidders pushed the bidding upwards on the pair of three dimensional spiraled diamonds over a demantoid garnet background. The presale estimate for the earrings was $30,000-$50,000 and the final sale was $225,000.
The second pair of JAR earrings, were a round ball of reverse set aquamarines with single diamond accents. Their presale estimate was $25,000-$35,000. They reached a price of $187,500. Both sets of earrings went to collectors in Asia.
JAR’s (Joel Arthur Rosenthal) designs are unique and that of course, is what people like about them. Interestingly enough, owners of his pieces often complain about their wearability and comfort. Perhaps that is one reason they show up on the auction block?
The diamond band below was not in the sale, but it is a JAR piece. It was Ellen Barkin’s wedding band. She sold it for $156,000 in 2006 at her famous Christie’s auction, the one where she sold all of her jewelry from Ron Perelman for $20 million dollars? Anyhoo, I am showing you this band becaue the diamonds are all mounted upside down, with culets up. It looks and is supposed to be dreadfully uncomfortable.
In the catalog, Christie’s described it as “set with four rows of bell cut (Christie’s word for culets up) diamonds.”
Artists gone wild.
These earrings by Luz Camino were in the February sale, spectacular no?
Pair of white gold, metal, enamel and rock crystal earclips by Luz Camino. Designed as red and black enameled mobiles, signed Camino, with maker’s mark. The earrings sold for nearly 19 times their presale estimate of $800-$1200. They went for $22,500.
This is a description about the artist from the Sotheby’s catalog. “Utilizing inspiration from the mobiles created by Alexander Calder and the artworks created by Spanish artist Joan Miró, Camino draws upon her Spanish heritage and predilection for strong design in the present lot. With each ‘branch’ displaying its own choreography, these earclips create a unique sense of movement when worn. Bold and modern in style, these wearable mobiles illustrate Luz Camino’s strength as a designer and her ability to translate a variety of inspirations into jeweled creations.”
I just thought these were all such interesting pieces of jewelry, I had to share.