My late father, a jeweller and goldsmith, was a great one for interesting practical insights on what “makes” a fine piece of jewellery. Workmanship for example could be determined often by the simplest and oddest of tests – a gate-link bracelet could be held on its side at one end by the fingers and at right angles to the ground.
If it sagged it was either very worn or if new and sagging, of poor construction. I always remember this test. Equally, the visibility and finish of hinges on gold and silver boxes explained a lot about the quality of manufacture – if one couldn’t see the hinge or if it was very hard to discern, this was the “hallmark” of a gold and silversmith’s fine work. Lot 243, an Art Deco silver cigar box by Cartier of Paris and signed Cartier Paris with French silver and makers marks was just such an example of superb workmanship. It was offered in our recent Jewels & Objet D’Art auction in Sydney and spotted by none other than Cartier’s great grandson Alain Cartier. Alain was determined to secure it for his private collection and finally secured the rare piece of history and design for $4,880 (IBP). It is now on its way to Europe!
If you have signed Cartier or designer jewellery that you wish to sell contact us for an obligation free appraisal.
John D’Agata, Head of Jewellery at Leonard Joel
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