The creative 20th Century was the time of Revolution of Art. During 100 years, some iconic jewelry designers became recognized for the supreme work that they developed.
In the global jewelry community, the exclusive design is a supreme factor. Because of this, many fine art pieces by jewelry luxury brands have been sold to or exhibited in museums, including New York’s Cooper Hewitt and the Smithsonian.
Nowadays, all of these careers are examples and inspirations for people that are design-lovers. The majority of the fine art pieces with a contemporary design created by these jewelry designers belongs and became the most expensive brands. Full of personality, all of these hand-made creations of these popular artists are used to improve a luxury lifestyle and to emphasize the power, the exclusivity, and the singularity.
Today, Luxury Safes, present to you some famous jewelry designers of 20th Century and some of their most iconic pieces.
Suzanne Belperron , known for the famous sentence: “My style is my signature.”, is the single most important jewelry designer of all time. She created an iconic aesthetic of bold curvaceous designs that are immediately recognizable as Belperron.
This bib necklace is an iconic Belperron design composed of a field of irregular ovoid rubies interspersed with diamonds, all bezel-set in platinum. Belperron was and is absolutely revered by fashion designers, editors, and wearers of haute couture. Her pieces have been collected by Daisy Fellowes, Elsa Schiaparelli, Diana Vreeland, the Duchess of Windsor, and Karl Lagerfeld, to name a few.
Jeanne Boivin, the principal of Boivin after her husband died in 1917, was a fashion and jewelry designer. She was a female director of the renowned jewelry company and the sister of Paul Poiret, the couturier who forever changed fashion with his groundbreaking designs in the 1910s and 1920s. Jeanne gave Suzanne Belperron her start and also worked with Juliette Moutard. These three women together created some of the most important jewelry ever designed with a strong sculptural style usually based on nature.
The starfish brooch is the absolute pinnacle of Boivin design, and Jeanne even said this brooch was her favorite. This jewel was purchased by Claudette Colbert, the most recognizable Hollywood star in the 1930s.
Cartier has created more great pieces than any other jeweler. The Cartier family dynasty spanned a century with an output from affordable silver table pieces to exquisite one of a kind jeweled creation made for Maharajas and European royalty.
This bracelet would have been purchased by a top client. It is exquisite in both construction and design. The black lacquer makes the form modern, while the three-leaf design gives a nod to exotic decorative styles. The green emeralds pop against the otherwise stark black and white palette and the lustrous pearls are exquisite terminals.
Paul Flato was the original jeweler to the stars and founded his company in New York City in 1928 and opened a Los Angeles store in 1937. Flato made feathers, hands holding flowers, and brooches that were treasure chests fill of jewels, but with panache.
This piece was a remarkable jewel featured flowers or geometric designs. The necklace is cleverly designed to look stunning and exclusive.
Born into a family of jewelers and forever influenced by his experience as an airplane designer during World War II, Jean Després influenced the course of jewelry design with his carefully drafted machine inspired pieces.
This bracelet by Després is an iconic example of Art Moderne design combining powerful simplicity with a machine-inspired design.