In 1847, Louis-François Cartier set up his now-infamous jewelers in the French capital. The elegant pieces produced by Cartier became must-haves amongst royalty and aristocrats across the world, coveted for their neoclassical style and opulent features such a diamonds and platinum. During the 1920s, the 'Trinity de Cartier' collection was introduced, featuring the three interlocking band ring, which continues to be produced today in a variety of colors. One of the most famous Cartier rings was the engagement ring of iconic actress Grace Kelly, which was a 12 carat emerald cut diamond with a platinum band given to her by Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956. An extremely popular line from the French jewellers is the 'Love' collection; first released in the 1970s, the line includes bracelets, cufflinks, necklaces, earrings, watches and rings, all with the trademark screw motif.
December is set to be the most elegant month of the year considering that many houses are holding exciting jewelry sales. For instance Bonhams will hold their Fine Jewelry sale on December 8, Sotheby’s will host their Magnificent Jewels sale on December 9 and Christie’s will be holding their Magnificent Jewels auction on December 10, all of them in New York. Their respective catalogs contain over 200 lots of rare and elegant jewelry from the world’s most prominent jewelers.
Barnebys has put together a list of three renowned jewelers to help you prepare for this season’s upcoming jewelry auctions.