I promised you there would be more sautoirs and now more sautoirs there are.
This, clearly, is not one of those ones made of pearls. This Art Deco sapphire and diamond sautoir is one of those ones made entirely of jewels. Diamonds, in this case. And two sapphires. And perfection.
This spectacular Art Deco sapphire and diamond sautoir is the work of Lacloche Frères. It was made in France in 1925. Both chain and pendant are articulated, which means those diamonds all move as you move. I can only imagine how mesmerizing it is to watch someone walk around wearing this.
That magnificent chain is made up of baguette diamonds, clusters of marquise-shaped diamonds, and links set with old European-cut diamonds. These total 22 carats and lead to two triangle shaped diamonds, which total .80 carats. At the back of the chain is an emerald-cut sapphire weighing approximately 4.25 carats.
At the front of the chain hangs the pendant: an emerald-cut sapphire weighing 29.50 carats, framed by square-cut, bullet-shaped, hexagonal and triangular-shaped diamonds totaling approximately 2.75 carats. This leads to the diamond cascade of marquise-shaped diamonds, which adds an additional 5.15 carats.
Not too shabby.
This stunning Art Deco sapphire and diamond sautoir was listed in Sotheby’s April 2012 Magnificent Jewels sale. All images and info are thanks to Sotheby’s.
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