This necklace is delicate and simple but I think it’s exceptionally beautiful.
Cartier, New York, created this lovely piece in 1930. The design is foliate – the necklace centers on two undulating diamond-set branches sprouting carved sapphire leaves and diamond berries. The rest of the necklace is composed of circular-cut diamonds, interspersed by cabochon sapphires.
The center of the necklace is a sapphire-embellished buckle-shaped element; its square outline adds a geometric foil to the organic fluidity of the branches, leaves, and berries.
The combination of shape and color contrast in this piece is utter Art Deco perfection. The white diamonds interspersed with blue and the organic, softly twining branches and leaves set against the perfectly round diamonds and sapphires of the necklace and the geometric elements at the apex and clasp. I could look at this baby all day.
This piece was listed in Sotheby’s April 2013 Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite sale. All images and info are thanks to Sotheby’s.