Aquamarine, Diamond and Mother of Pearl Parure by Fred Joaillier
Comprising: a necklace suspending a fancy shaped aquamarine surmounted by brilliant-cut diamonds and dark mother of pearl, to a similarly set collar, length approximately 465mm; a pair of earrings; and a ring, size N; each signed Fred Paris, French assay and maker’s marks. Approximately 100 carats of aquamarine and 60 carats of G-H colour diamonds. Circa 1980.
The advancement of technology is a major factor in the look of Contemporary jewellery. Generally Contemporary jewellery has a clean, crisp finish thanks to the capabilities of modern tools. Settings have become almost invisible in some pieces, so that gems seem to float upon the skin. The cutting of gemstones is particularly noticeable in a piece of Contemporary jewellery. The cut of a diamond is a key feature that can help date a piece of jewellery.
Contemporary jewellery is often more experimental and plays with the traditional boundary between Art and ornamentation. Contemporary jewellery can be sculptural and uses a mix of precious materials with plastics, wood or industrial metals. Steel and aluminium are metals used in Contemporary jewellery as they are lighter than gold or platinum.
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