We both worked closely on the sale of The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor which took place at Sotheby’s in April 1987, and the collection included many of Belperron’s creations. The catalogue for the jewellery auction was the first such publication to introduce her designs to a wider public and ever since we have been passionate about the work of Suzanne Belperron.
Art Moderne gold, platinum and diamond necklace by Suzanne Belperron, Paris, circa 1940
This is a wonderful example of 20th century jewellery design at its best.
Our admiration for her creativity and originality was enhanced when we were awarded the sale of her personal jewellery collection at Sotheby’s in 2012. Working directly with Olivier Baroin and his extraordinary collection of Belperron designs and other enlightening archive material, we took a deep dive into her creativity in order to write the sale catalogue and to make it as informative as possible.
This necklace clearly ranks among the most impressive of Belperron’s necklace creations, and is truly emblematic of her style; which inevitably reminds us of her famous dictum: ‘My Style is my Signature’.
The design of Belperron’s necklace evokes the shape of ceremonial collars found in civilisations as diverse as Celtic, African and even Southeast Asian.
A bib necklace featuring gold and platinum alternating curved bands as the centrepiece; set with European- and old-mine cut diamonds; capped by conical terminals with diamond accents; attached by a snake chain; mounted in platinum and 18-karat gold
European- and old-mine cut diamonds, total weighing approximately 14 carats
Inner circumference: 15 inches / 38cm
Olivier Baroin Certificate of Authenticity no. 200311, dated March 11, 2020, stating the necklace is Suzanne Belperron designed circa 1942 by Groené et Darde
Corbett, Patricia, et. al. Jewelry by Suzanne Belperron. London: Thames & Hudson , 2015, p. 178 (on the desk)
Femina, December, 1948
Raulet, Sylvia, and Olivier Baroin. Suzanne Belperron. New York: Antique Collector’s Club, 2011, p. 211
Vogue Paris, February 1948
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