Cartier New York, c. 1925 platinum and grey gold ring brooch set with rock crystal and old cut diamonds, supported by palmettes and ferrules set with diamonds, 7.5 x 3.4 cm/2.95 x 1.34 in, net weight 31.4 g/1.11 oz.
Louis Cartier’s (1875-1942) passion for non-Western art led to a style that spread like wildfire around the world. An exhibition now at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs ("Cartier et les arts de l’Islam. Aux sources de la modernité", until February 20, 2022) tells this story, which was just one of the jeweler’s glittering facets during the Art Deco period. Cartier’s precious, cutting-edge creations were a sensation at the 1925 Paris Exhibition. “Cartier’s window,” wrote Vogue in August of that year, “is one of the most lavish of any kind, and at the same time one where modern art is expressed most clearly.” The Art Deco spirit is expressed through the main color, white—of the metals, diamonds and rock crystal—and the geometric shapes. This unique style is exemplified by our platinum and gray gold ring brooch set with rock crystal and diamonds, an extremely refined piece of jewelry made by the New York branch about 1925. Its timeless appeal resulted in a winning bid of €70,400.