Of cluster design, each composed of a duo oval-shaped coral cabochons, embellished by a halo of brilliant-cut diamonds, suspending a similarly-set trio of coral cabochons, 1970s, signed Cartier Paris and...
Of cluster design, each composed of a duo oval-shaped coral cabochons, embellished by a halo of brilliant-cut diamonds, suspending a similarly-set trio of coral cabochons, 1970s, signed Cartier Paris and numbered, French assay marks for gold. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Cartier. Length: 7.3cm, width: 3cm Total weight as a pair: 49.55 grams
The 1970s was a colourful and bold decade in so many aspects of artistic expression and the jewellery world was as influenced by the iconoclasm of the period as any other. Whilst artist jewellers reinvented gold textures and eschewed traditional cuts and stone choice for semiprecious gemstone rough, the high-end was somewhat less obviously revolutionary but marked the change of order none the less with a few notable stylistic staples...one being the mounting of diamonds in yellow gold...a practice that had been essentially totally absent in Europe since the previous Century...and one influenced by the solicitation of a burgeoning Middle Eastern clientele that was used to yellow gold rather than white.
In Europe coral had been absorbed into stylistic evolutions through the last two centuries but the favouring of distinctly reddish tones of southern Italian coral to accent the chinoiserie inspired models of the 1920s was now replaced with daintier pinks, much like these earrings. Often paired with chrysoprase, turquoise or amethyst for bold contrasting colours, coral was a popular choice for many of the Place Vendome houses in the 1970s to embellished long sautoirs and pendent earrings...imagine the floating printed kaftans popularised in this period as their natural canvas.