Auction Highlights – Fine Jewellery, Wednesday 17th July

'This beautiful geometric Cartier clip encapsulates the best of early 1930s Art Deco Cartier,’ said James Nicholson, Dreweatts’ International Head of Jewellery, Silver & Watches.

Designed in London at their Bond Street workrooms by English Design Works, this elegant privately owned piece was brought to Dreweatts at Donnington Priory on one of the monthly Valuation Days and it had been in the family since it was bought in the 1930s.

‘There is a world wide market for this kind of jewellery, it’s ‘text book’ Cartier. I told the lady that she had absolutely made my day by bringing it in, let alone consigning it!’

Aquamarines come from Brazil and have always been expensive as they are difficult to source and match; they are extremely fashionable and have an enduring international appeal, but the English and the English royal family have always had a particular love affair with this stone. In 1937 Cartier London made twenty seven tiaras for guests at the coronation of George VI (but only seven the year before), including an aquamarine and diamond tiara shown at the British Museum in 1998 in an exhibition of the Cartier archives.

The centre piece of this tiara could be unclipped and worn as a brooch, and is very similar in design to the clip offered in the Dreweatts sale.

So popular were Cartier's aquamarine and diamond tiaras and jewels, that George VI gave Queen Elizabeth an aquamarine and diamond tiara made by Cartier for their fifteenth Wedding Anniversary in 1938, whilst Elsie de Wolfe, the American interior designer, even tinted her hair to blend with her Cartier aquamarine tiara.

‘Amongst my favourite pieces in the Queen’s private collection, is the tiara given to Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) in 1938, and the pair of beautiful aquamarine and diamond pair of clips by Cartier, given to her by her parents on her birthday in the 1940s,’ enthused Nicholson.

Privately owned pieces of this calibre which have never been on the market, arouse considerable interest globally. The diamond and aquamarine clip offered for sale is estimated at £7,000-10,000 and is one of several highlights in Dreweatts’ forthcoming Fine Jewellery auction which will be held on Wednesday 17th July at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions in central London (Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox St, London W1S 1PP).

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