Edmond Avakian, who founded the house in 1969, studied to be an engineer but later decided that his true passion lay in jewelry. Bringing his engineering mindset to the design of jewels, the first word that came to him was “movement”. Today, spinning, twirling and swinging are trademark features of Avakian jewels and nowhere is this better demonstrated with such panache than this one-off necklace set with a 78 carat Colombian emerald and 53 carats of diamonds. Despite the value of the stones, Edmond Avakian added a very playful twist: the central flower motif spins with the ease of a rotor and keeps whirring long after it has been nudged. No proof needed that fine jewels and mechanics make for novel designs.
After starting off in London in 1912, jewelry and antique silver dealer S.J. Shrubsole opened a New York shop in 1936 and, in the subsequent eight decades, has acquired and sold a wide variety of ultra valuable items. At TEFAF, the firm will exhibit these Colombian emerald pendant earrings, which date back to about 1850. Each 18-karat-gold earring centers on smaller 0.4-carat emeralds at the base and a larger 2-carat cushion-shaped emerald at the bottom; 52 diamonds surround the earrings’ emeralds.
This rare and ravishing mid-Victorian jewel radiates with 10 closely-set bright green Colombian emeralds, totaling 1.75 carats, arrayed in an oval cluster dotted with tiny rose-cut diamonds and supported by a fanciful ring shank. Handcrafted in 15K gold, hence most likely of British origin, this delightful delicacy is not intended for rugged everyday wear. Uniquely beautiful.
This unique, high jewelry ring has been created especially to celebrate The Savoy Hotel’s 125th anniversary year. Named after theatrical impresario, Richard D’Oyly Carte, who built The Savoy, the piece incorporates a magnificent 11.49 carat untreated Colombian emerald chosen to represent the hotel’s brand color through its deep green appearance. Set in a yellow gold and diamond ‘Keystone’ design, the ring’s setting takes inspiration from the hotel’s sign composition.
Inspired by vintage jewelry, this sophisticated 14k yellow gold ring features a milgrain halo with pave-set diamonds that frame a beautiful round-cut emerald. This piece will sure to be treasured for years to come.
A Gorgeous 5.31 Carat Emerald and Edwardian Diamond Ring, A big, bright and lively square emerald-cut emerald, weighing 5.31 carats, is the star attraction of this sublime and stunning late-Edwardian/early-Art Deco bauble, finely crafted in platinum, circa 1920. The impressive emerald possesses a crystalline brilliance which glistens and glows under all types of lighting (i.e. day or night). A true vintage beauty.
Giftwrap your finger in chic and stunning style. This truly gorgeous, early-Art Deco bow motif ring is knotted with a luscious, ultra-gemmy, old-mine Colombian emerald. The rich, deeply saturated, bright-green gemstone is bezel-set between a pair of sparkling, old mine pear-shape diamond-centered platinum bows. A truly splendid, far-from-ordinary, original Art Deco jewel in a finger size 6 3/4-7.
An absolutely gemmy (few come finer) square-cut emerald of African origin, weighing .61 carat, radiates vibrant, rich crystalline green in this recently made (in London) jewel. Superbly rafted in platinum, the enchanting gemstone is framed by small bright white European-cut diamonds that continue along the top of the ring shank. Splendid! Currently ring size 6 1/2+.
The abundance of nature in Brazil coupled with the stunning modern architectural work of Oscar Niemeyer are brought together in Carla Amorim’s jewelry creations. These contemporary, fresh and feminine designs make exquisite use of the remarkable variety of precious Brazilian stones, gold and diamonds.
Brazilian jewelry designer Carla Amorim’s collections directly addresses all of the romantic reasons why women wear jewelry: intimate moments like kisses shared under a canopy at garden party, playful and unexpected scenarios like getting caught in the rain with a lover, or receiving a bouquet of flowers from a beau. Amorim’s Romance collection is a storyboard of these occasions and others brought to life in 18k gold and gemstones in the über-feminine and curvaceous aesthetic that her fans have come to expect.
Carla Amorim was born in Brasília. As the darling of a demanding and high profile clientele, she has been creating her own jewelry since 1993. Carla’s creative work is based on three cornerstones: nature in all of its forms, the architecture of Brasília with the brilliant lines of Oscar Niemeyer and its piety.
Whether in earrings, rings, bracelets or necklaces, all precious materials are used, without distinction, to provide a perfect finish for each piece. Diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, tourmalines, tanzanites, Brazilian gemstones, pearls, and 18 K gold in various tones are all explored to achieve the desired effect.
Carla’s creative work has three main influences: Brazilian nature, the architecture Brasilia and the genius geometric lines by Oscar Niemeyer and her Catholic faith. Diamonds, pearls, gemstones and 18kt gold in different tones are used in the making of earrings, bracelets and necklaces to achieve the effect.
Music. Architecture. Nature. These are the inspiration for the Brazilian jewelry designer Carla Amorim.