Sotheby’s to offer jewellery collection of Suzanne Belperron



2015-06-26 10:49:16

Sotheby’s to offer jewellery collection of Suzanne Belperron

Sotheby’s has announced that the upcoming Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels in Geneva in May will include the personal jewellery collection of one of the 20th century’s most important designers - Suzanne Belperron.

Beginning her career in 1919, Belperron was one of the few female jewellery designers and makers in the pre-war era. She made her name through her work with René Boivin and Bernard Herz, and her unique style which combined startling modernity with an exceptional variety of stones and minerals made her work highly sought after around the world.

Her clients included royalty from across Europe, international business magnates, the aristocracy and Hollywood stars. Belperron famously never opened a boutique, and allowed simple word-of-mouth to build her reputation as an elite and exclusive designer.

“Suzanne Belperron is arguably the most talented and influential female jeweller of the 20th century and it is a huge honour to conduct this historic sale,” said David Bennett, Chairman of Sotheby’s Jewellery Department in Europe and the Middle East and Co‐Chairman of Sotheby’s Switzerland. “We are certain that this important auction will contribute to further highlight the immense talent of this great artist and her important contribution to jewellery”.

Highlights from Belperron’s collection, the most significant of its type in private hands, include:

  • Her 22‐carat gold Yin and Yang engagement ring set with an old‐mine diamond, created in 1923 (valued at $12,000 ‐ $18,000)
  • A carved rock crystal ring set with a large navette diamond (valued at £50,000 - $80,000)
  • A platinum and white gold ring set with multi‐coloured natural pearls and old‐mine and baguette diamonds (valued at $30,000 - $40,000
  • A yellow gold Fleur brooch set with a cushion‐shaped yellow sapphire and a variety of yellow diamonds (valued at $40,000 ‐ $50,000)

Along with examples of her own exquisite work, Belperron also collected pieces from some of the world’s most prestigious creators including Cartier and Fabergé.

In total, more than 60 pieces will feature in the sale which is scheduled to take place in Geneva on May 14, 2012.

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