An aquamarine line bracelet by Cartier has bought for £52,080 at Dix Noonan Webb in its Jewelry, Watches and Objects of Vertu public sale in Mayfair this week.
Courting from the Nineteen Forties, the bracelet was initially anticipated to fetch between £12,000-15,000. Nonetheless, after “intense” bidding between two phone bidders, the bracelet was bought to an abroad purchaser.
The bracelet is mounted in platinum, signed ‘Cartier’, and is ready with roughly 45 carats of “superbly matched” step-cut aquamarines.
Frances Noble, head of the jewelry division and affiliate director at Dix Noonan Webb, mentioned: “From 1932 onwards, a lot of Cartier’s aquamarine jewelry was produced by the corporate’s London department. Through the financial melancholy of this era Cartier began utilizing semi-precious stones resembling aquamarine and topaz as a extra reasonably priced various for his or her clientele.
“Demand was so excessive for these gem-set creations that correspondence between the London and New York workplaces in 1936 refers to lengthy delays in commissions owing to ‘the issue of acquiring a provide of excellent color aquamarines.”
She added: “Though financial difficulties additionally gave rise to a decline in using platinum throughout this era, Cartier continued to make use of the steel for his or her finer creations. Platinum settings particularly had been identified to reinforce colored gems of outstanding high quality and aquamarines, with their flawless readability, had been usually reserved for such items.
“The easy and refined design of a line bracelet, as proven with this lot, enabled Cartier to showcase their finesse via easy homogeneity of color and readability. The bracelet is as modern right now because it was when it was made, and illustrates the purity of design that typifies Cartier’s most interesting creations. We had been thrilled with the robust sale end result.”
The sale additionally included a number of different items by Cartier, together with a yellow diamond and onyx lovebirds brooch, circa 1960, which was bought to a German purchaser over the phone for £21,080 towards an estimate of £5,000-7,000.
As well as, a diamond and sapphire owl brooch, circa 1950, realised £9,920 and was purchased by a London purchaser over the telephone.