Condition: excellent condition - (more info on our condition scale)
Country of origin: France
Style: Art Deco - Art Deco is an eclectic artistic and design style which had its origins in Paris in the first decades of the 20th century. The style originated in the 1920s and continued to be employed until after World War II. The term "art deco" first sawwide use after an exhibition in 1966, referring to the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes that was the culmination of high-end style modern in Paris. Led by the best designers in the decorative arts such asfashion, and interior design, Art Deco affected all areas of design throughout the 1920s and 1930s, including architecture and industrial design, as well as the visual arts such as painting, the graphic arts and film. At the time, this style was seen aselegant, glamorous, functional and modern. - See also: Art Decoor more info on styles
Style specifics: Abstract motives and geometrical forms are quite typical for the Art Deco period. Art Deco moved away from the soft pastels and organic forms of its style predecessor, Art Nouveau, and embraced influences from many different styles and movements of the early 20th century, including Neoclassical, Constructivism, Cubism, Modernism, and Futurism. Its popularity peaked in Europe during the Roaring Twenties and continued strongly in the United States through the 1930s. Although many design movements havepolitical or philosophical roots or intentions, Art Deco was purely decorative.
Period: ca. 1920 - (events & facts of this era, poetry of this era, fashion of this era)
Material: platinum - (more info on precious metals)
Extra information: Boucheron - A leading French jewelry firm, founded in 1858 in the Palais Royal, Paris, by Frédéric Boucheron (1830-1902) and now having its main establishment at 26 Place VendOme, Paris, with branches in London and elsewhere.Frédéric Boucheron was succeeded by his son Louis (1874-1959), in turn succeeded by his son Gerard (b. 1910), whose son Alain (b. 1948) is now active in the business. The London office, established in 1907, is at 180 New Bond St. In 1960the firm at the request of the Shah of Iran, set up in Tehran the display of the Royal Jewelry Collection. Boucheron is noted as a specialist in gems as well as a designer of luxury and medium-priced jewelry.
Diamond(s): 16 brilliant cut diamondsand single brilliant cut diamonds (also called 8/8) with an estimated weight of ± 0.60ct. (colour and clarity: H/J, vs/i). - All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.
Total diamond weight: approx. 0.60 crt.
Precious stones: Seven rubies (lab produced) (also called verneuil ruby). The fact that these stones are lab produced has no influence on the value of this jewel. Natural rubies and lab produced rubies were both used in this era, rather more for their effect than for their intrinsic value. with an estimated weight of ± 0.90ct. (colour etc.: pigeon red color
Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April and ruby for July. - (more info on birthstones)
Engraving: Boucheron Paris
Hallmarks: The French control mark for platinum representing a dog's head that was in use in France from about 1912. - (more info on hallmarks)
Boucheron is a French jewelry house founded in 1858 by Frédéric Boucheron.
The jeweller worked with a wide range of golds as well as precious gems like rubies and peridots. His jewellery was inspired by motifs from nature like the snake, later chosento be the house's symbol. The first Boucheron boutique was established in 1858 in the Galerie de Valois at the Palais Royal in Paris. In subsequent years, Frédéric Boucheron opened an atelier and began working with his nephew, Georges Radius. The play on shapes, manipulations of the material and combinations of gems had found their audience by the end of the 19th century. Boucheron was now attracting a clientele of writers, artists and princes.
When Fédéric Boucheron died in 1902, his son, Louis, took over the house. As heir, he contributed to the label’s development, by reaching further than France alone. He opened a branch in Moscow and he also established a collaboration with the young jeweler, Pierre Sterlé. In 1954, his children, Fred and Gérard Boucheron, were next to take over the brand. Maintaining the inherited expertise, they established the label in Japan during the 1970s, during which time Jane Birkin famously posed holding a Boucheron diamond necklace.
Alain Boucheron became head of the company in 1971, and in 2000, the Gucci group acquired the Boucheron jewelry house. Under the direction of Jean-Christophe Bedos, new boutiques were inaugurated all over the world. In 2007, Boucheron was the first jeweler to open an e-commerce shop in Europe. In 2011, Claire Choisne was named creative director of the jewelry house at Place Vendôme. After a century and a half, the Boucheron jewelry house has become an important reference of fine jewelry and timepieces.