Jewellery from the Janine Saladin Collection

On 28 May 2020, by Claire Papon

Around ten pieces of jewellery by Suzanne Belperron owned by a trailblazer, one of the first women to become a senior civil servant.

Suzanne Belperron (1900-1983), yellow gold lapel clip with a décor of scrolls, partially set with emeralds and round cut and antique cut diamonds. 4,9 x 3,1 cm.
Estimate: €7,000/10,000

With a degree in letters and law, Janine Saladin (1920-2019) specialised in war insurance and marine re-insurance, which, until the 1960s, were reserved for the male elite. She and her sister had a passion for opera, museums, Florence, Venice, Vienna and for collecting objets d’art and porcelain. Janine also loved jewellery. The sisters approached Suzanne Belperron and became her customers. Kept in the family until now, this group of rings, earrings, clips and necklaces (estimates from €2,000 to 10,000) are a perfect signature of a woman who never signed her creations. Belperron preferred materials like citrine, rock crystal, chalcedony and agate to precious stones. Overlooking no detail, she matched their colours with those of her customers’ hair tones or complexions. The jewellery-maker was one of the few women in her field, a point she had in common with Janine Saladin.

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