Earlier this month, Sotheby’s launched a weeks-long exhibition sale celebrating the history and evolution of the flower motif in jewelry design, from the 19th century to the present day. Important vintage works from Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Verdura, and Belperron are represented, but what makes this offering unique is the inclusion of pieces by contemporary designers such as Alice Cicolini, Solange Azagury-Partridge, Neha Dani, Emmanuel Tarpin, Fernando Jorge, Cindy Chao, Shaun Leane, and Irene Neuwirth.
Called In Bloom, the sale comprises 75 pieces, and almost as many floral inspirations, from hollyhocks and hyacinths to orchids and gardenias. The pieces have been commissioned and curated in partnership with Carol Woolton, the celebrated historian, author, and contributing director of jewelry at British Vogue.
In Bloom will be open to the public in Sotheby’s newly expanded and reimagined galleries in New York City through May 24.
You can think of the edit below as a token nosegay plucked from a much larger garden of breathtaking jeweled blossoms. We’ll take one of everything, thanks.
Top: Floral brooch with rubies, pink sapphires, white and yellow diamonds, and a button-shape pearl, $275,000; Moussaieff
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