You know that thing where you see someone around for a while and you know you want to meet them but it takes you a while to make it happen? That’s exactly how it was for me and Jogani’s antique cat’s eye necklace.
I saw it on Jogani’s Instagram, then I saw it pop up on some other people’s pages – my cat’s eye necklace was out there, it was making friends, but I hadn’t yet found a way to get an introduction to it.
Then: it found me.
I was walking the show floor at the Original Miami Beach Antique show (more about that soon) and I saw Jogani’s sign. I headed over, because I’d learned at Lueur that they are as friendly as their treasures are swoonworthy, and then I saw it. The cat’s eye necklace of my dreams, sitting there waiting for me.
Let’s talk about what makes this necklace remarkable.
Item #1 is the obvious one: it’s effing gorgeous.
Masterfully articulated swags of diamonds, designed with elegantly architectural swoops and lines as well as elegant floral elements and perfect diamond bows. The diamond cuts are all over the place – from rose cuts to at least one table cut, which suggests that they might have been removed from other jewelry or at least collected from a number of sources to create this wonder.
Jogani thinks that this spectacular piece dates to the 1800’s, although they told me that not enough is known about it yet to have an exact date estimate. The diamond swags of the design certainty feel Edwardian, so perhaps that’s a clue that this beautiful thing came to being in the later end of the 19th century, rather than earlier.