Know Famous Artists & Sculptors through their Masterpieces
It is commonly said that “by their works you shall know them.” Below is a brief summary of some of the greatest artists and sculptors and the distinguishing features of their works that identify them.
Van Cleef and Arpels jewelry
Founded by Alfred Van Cleef and Salomon Arpels, Van Cleef and Arpels is a high-end French luxury jewelry, perfume, and watch company. Noted for including animals, fairies and flowers in their intricate designs, Van Cleef and Arpels jewelry has through centuries made a name for itself through its numerous groundbreaking achievements like winning the grand prize at the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts in 1925, making the emerald velvet set crown of Empress Farah Pahlavi for her 1967 coronation and receiving the patent for the “Mystery Setting” which requires over three hundred working hours apiece.
Deco Jewelry Buyers
Reported to have emerged in 1925 in Paris, France, the Art Deco (from “Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes”) style lasted about a decade and is till date one of the most popular jewelry (antique) styles. Also known as the “white gold” art, original Art Deco jewelry were manufactured in the time frame between both World Wars. Like with every other buyer, the Deco jewelry buyers search for some unique distinguishing features when assessing their pieces. Some of these features include:
- Antique cushion cut, Asscher cut, old European cut, or transitional cut diamonds.
- The use of platinum or white gold.
- Geometric and symmetrical design minimizing the free space and having a more industrial feel.
- The use of caliber cut stones to specifically fit into the jewelry design.
- The use of 10k or 18k white gold to do filigree work (small, intricate cut-outs incorporating lots of diamonds, platinum, synthetic stones, and white gold.
Tiffany, Cartier Jewelry buyers
The Tiffany and Cartier Jewelry brands are two prominent brands in their own right and buyers are often confounded as to which to choose. While Tiffany has been in the market longer (over a decade), it started off as a silverware manufacture before branching out to jewelry, unlike Cartier which started out as a jewelry workshop. Because both companies produce the same product types buyers’ choices tend to go beyond the available and may involve their emotions. For instance, having been raised in a home where one’s parents and older siblings purchased Tiffany engagement rings, one may lean towards a Tiffany purchase. On the other hand, in this same setting, one may resort to Cartier Jewelry because they wish for “something different” considering that their qualities are all worthwhile.
Estate diamond buyers and Trusted Antique Buyers
Like with every other deal, finding and choosing estate diamond buyers and trusted antique buyers should depend on aspects like:
- Peer recommendation of antique buyers they have used before.
- Finding a buyer who is fair and trustworthy; far enough to pay you the worth of your jewelry and trustworthy enough to see the sale through.
- The qualifications of and the level of familiarity with the product the buyer has. It is important that the buyer be knowledgeable of the product lest they accuse you of selling a fake.
- Your ability to communicate with and trust the buyer until the sale is completed.