Striking Necklaces And Demi-Parures From The 1960s and 1970s

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Eye-catching necklaces from the 1960s and 1970s

Several necklaces and pendants were offered at Sotheby’s ‘Fine Jewels’ auction, held  London.

It was a fascinating package. Most interesting (if not necessarily the aesthetic that most appealed) was the group of 1960s and 1970s pieces, several of which you’ll find below.

There were moments when I felt I’d unwittingly strayed into the 1980s, tripping over gold ropes and braids, and over-the-top combinations of colours and gems.


1. First up (because I have to confess it’s my favourite) is a dramatic and theatrical Sterlé demi-parure, with a wonderfully graceful execution of a cross-over design, featuring diamonds and feathers. A variation of the cross-over motif continues on to the ear clips, which sit vertically as sprightly little quiffs carrying the upward-springing line of the fanned feather necklace design. Gorgeous.

Lot 264 Diamond demi-parure, Sterlé, circa 1960
Estimate 8,00012,000 GBP LOT SOLD.32,500 GBP(Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium) 
Comprising: a necklace, the front with fanned feather motifs arranged in a crossover design set with brilliant-cut diamonds, to a woven rope work necklace, inner circumference approximately 390mm, signed Sterlé, numbered, French assay and maker’s marks, box stamped Sterlé; and a pair of ear clips, signed Sterlé, numbered, French assay and partial maker’s marks, pouch stamped Sterlé. 
2. Now these two – a necklace and ear clips offered in the same lot may be meant as a demi-parure, I’m not sure. They are both what I would describe as a bit over-the-top. The necklace – explosive energy always welcome as far as I’m concerned! The ear-clips – hmmm, not so much. I can’t help thinking of worms, there.
Lot 328 Sapphire and diamond necklace and a pair of gem set and diamond ear clips, Boucheron, 1960s

Estimate 6,500 — 9,500 GBP LOT SOLD. 8,750 GBP (Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium)
The necklace set with circular-cut sapphires and diamonds, length approximately 360mm, signed Boucheron, numbered, French assay marks; the pair of ear clips of scroll design, each set with circular-cut rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds, signed Boucheron, numbered, French assay and maker’s marks.
Information and images: Sotheby’s
And on the next page – pearls!

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