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Jacques Cartier of Cartier London’s Design Instruction

By Clive Kandel The Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones Rupert Emmerson, Cartier London designer's personal copy of The Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones, given to him by Jacques Cartier and given by Emmerson to Clive Kandel in October 1978 as a token of gratitude.

A Cartier Paris Coral Kokoshnik Tiara Deaccessioned by the Metropolitan Opera Guild Due to Lack of Funds

By Clive Kandel Cartier Paris, 1954. Coral, Pearl and Diamond Tiara, designed as a tapering coral honeycomb, with each panel applied with a diamond star, the top edge enhanced by a series of graduated pearl and diamond collets with diamond festoons between, mounted in platinum and gold. Signed...

The Cartier Granard Tiara

By Clive Kandel The Cartier Granard Tiara Made by Cartier London in 1937 for Countess Granard, to be worn at the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Countess Granard was born Beatrice Mills, daughter of American mega financier Ogden Mills. One of many American heiresses enriching European...

Magnificent Cartier Paris Edwardian Garland Style Diamond Devant-de-Corsage Newly Acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum

By Clive Kandel Image courtesy Victoria and Albert Museum, London Unlike USA museums, British museums accept magnificent works of art in lieu of taxes owed, subject to government approval. The process avoids the complications of acquiring items though dealers and self-interest individuals. This Cartier Paris 1908 devant-de-corsage is a...

Jewelry incorporating the Hercules Collection of Cameos and Intaglios

By Alice Grosvenor 23 Sep 2020, London, New Bond Street The Hercules Collection of Cameos and Intaglios, featuring gems dating from antiquity to the 19th century, will be offered as part of Bonhams' next jewellery sale on 23 September in London. The collection – which is made up of more than 90 gems...

Clive Kandel Reveals the True Story of the Hutton-Mdivani Cartier Jadeite Necklace

By Clive Kandel The sale of the Barbara Hutton Mdivani Cartier Jade Necklace for $27.44 million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong to the Cartier Collection and the passing of so many years has jogged my memory about the sad and mysterious circumstances of this famed strand of jade beads. Barbara...

The Queen Wears Granny’s Chips to Diamond Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth celebrated her diamond jubilee on June 5th. Her Majesty wore a diamond brooch jokingly referred to in the royal family as "Granny's Chips''.  Granny was the Queen's  grand-mother, Queen Mary. By Clive Kandel The two diamonds making up this pin are the Cullinan III and Cullinan IV, two of several stones cut from the Cullinan Diamond in 1905. The...

Sotheby’s Jewel Sale Sparkles

By Clive Kandel Enormous success for Sotheby's Sparkling Season Jewels, 9 December 2009 The Jewels from the Estate of Lúcia Moreira Salles brought $5.9 Million, bringing a sales total of $30,582,751 Lúcia Moreira Salles was the muse for both Valentino and Coco Chanel, at one point working as Chanel’s exclusive house model. Among the top jewels of the collection were three exquisite...

Clive Kandel Covers Duchess of Windsor Mania – Round Two Begins

By Clive Kandel Sotheby's London will be selling a collection of jewels formerly belonging to the Duchess of Windsor on November 30th. This will be Round Two of an ongoing fight for those who desire to be associated with the ex-king and the woman who stole him from the hearts of his people. There will be 20 lots in the sale, ranging...