Vintage Sclumberger Jewelry
Vintage Sclumberger Jewelry was produced by Jean Michel Schlumberger, a celebrated French jewelry designer who was especially well-known for his work with Tiffany & Co.
History & Description
Schlumberger began his career in the 1930s creating buttons for Elsa Schiaparelli and would later create costume jewelry for the firm. Schlumberger moved to Tiffany & Co in 1956 and quickly built an impressive client base, including Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Greta Garbo, the Duchess of Windsor and Jacqueline Kennedy.
Schlumberger’s designs are characterised by his whimsical interpretations of natural forms, particularly sea creatures and birds.
Guide for collectors
Vintage Schlumberger jewelry is commonly sold at national auction houses. However, the most distinguished and important pieces are invariably sold through international auctioneers such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s and pieces can sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
At present, the most expensive piece of Schlumberger jewelry to sell at auction was a platinum 18K gold and diamond ring, circa 1972, which was sold through Sotheby’s in New York for a realised price of $1,082,500.
Perhaps the most famous piece that Schlumberger created for Tiffany & Co was a brooch called Bird On A Rock, which incorporated the famed 128K Tiffany Diamond. At present, this piece remains in the firm’s private collection and has only been worn by two ladies in its lifetime.
Notable auction sales
On October 15th 2008 at Christie’s in New York, an important platinum 8K gold and diamond ring, made by Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co, realised a price of $962,500.
On December 11th 2011 at Christie’s in New York, a diamond and sapphire brooch, made by Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co, circa 1965, realised a price of $542,500.
On December 7th 2010 at Christie’s in New York, a platinum 8K gold and diamond Bee ring, made by Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co, realised a price of $338,500.
On December 13th 2011 at Christie’s in New York, a pair of platinum 18K gold, sapphire and diamond ear clips, made by Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co, circa 1964, realised a price of $230,500.
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