Her story begins in 1994 in Klagenfurt, Austria, where Cummings was born. After her education in jewelry design and gemmology in Italy and West Germany, Cummings moved to the U.S.

In 1967, Cummings began designing for Tiffany & Co., where, along with Jean Schlumberger, Elsa Peretti and Paloma Picasso, she became one of the jewelry house's most adored and innovative designers.

A Pair of 18 Karat Yellow Gold, Mother-of-Pearl and Black Jade Earclips, Angela Cummings for Tiffany & Co., in a stylized gold blossom motif inlaid with mother-of-pearl and black jade plaques, the earclips measuring approximately 33.00 x 31.00 mm. Stamp: TIFFANY & CO 750. 19.50 dwts. A Pair of 18 Karat Yellow Gold, Mother-of-Pearl and Black Jade Earclips, Angela Cummings for Tiffany & Co., in a stylized gold blossom motif inlaid with mother-of-pearl and black jade plaques, the earclips measuring approximately 33.00 x 31.00 mm. Stamp: TIFFANY & CO 750. 19.50 dwts.

In 1984, Cummings left Tiffany & Co. to launch her own boutique at Bergdorf & Goodman. She later set up shop on Fifth Avenue, where the company stayed until  2003.

In the mid 1990s, along with other Tiffany & Co. alumni including Paloma Picasso and Elsa Peretti, Cummings' brand was reaching new heights and selling jewelry to the tune of $10 million a year.

A Pair of 18 Karat Yellow Gold, Lapis Lazuli and Mother-of-Pearl Earclips, Angela Cummings for Tiffany and Co., in a cushion form composed of inlaid undulating plaques of lapis lazuli and mother-of-pearl interspersed with the brightly polished gold, measuring approximately 24.80 mm. Stamp: T&CO 750 18K. 13.40 dwts. A Pair of 18 Karat Yellow Gold, Lapis Lazuli and Mother-of-Pearl Earclips, Angela Cummings for Tiffany and Co., in a cushion form composed of inlaid undulating plaques of lapis lazuli and mother-of-pearl interspersed with the brightly polished gold, measuring approximately 24.80 mm. Stamp: T&CO 750 18K. 13.40 dwts.

Cummings' work takes its inspiration from nature. The beautiful intricacies of ginkgo leaves, shells, feather, spiderwebs and flowers are incorporated into her designs. Ever full of surprise and innovation, Cummings' has also created geometric pieces in the past.

A Pair of 18 Karat Yellow Gold, Black Jade and Mother-of-Pearl Dice Earclips, Angela Cummings for Tiffany & Co., consisting of one earclip composed of a black jade plaque with three inset mother-of-pearl pips, the other composed of a mother-or-pearl plaque and four inset black jade pips, the earclips measure approximately 18.00 x 18.00 mm. Stamp: 18K T&CO (partially obscured). 8.60 dwts. A Pair of 18 Karat Yellow Gold, Black Jade and Mother-of-Pearl Dice Earclips, Angela Cummings for Tiffany & Co., consisting of one earclip composed of a black jade plaque with three inset mother-of-pearl pips, the other composed of a mother-or-pearl plaque and four inset black jade pips, the earclips measure approximately 18.00 x 18.00 mm. Stamp: 18K T&CO (partially obscured). 8.60 dwts.

Her work is some of the finest examples of American jewelry design in the second half of the 20th century.

All pieces featured will be in Leslie Hindman's Important Jewelry auction taking place from September 10-13, 2017. Highlights from the sale will be on preview in New York on August 28 and 30 and in Chicago on September 7 and 9. The auction will be conducted in the Chicago saleroom and online. Check out the full catalog here.

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