An Art Deco aquamarine and diamond necklace by Cartier, dated circa 1940, sold for £459,062 (approx. $601,399) including premium, at Bonhams’ London Jewels sale, tripling its pre-sale estimate of £100,000 - 150,000 (est. high of $197,440). The auction house says that the highly articulated geometric necklace, set with nearly 170 carats of beautifully matched aquamarines, was an impeccable example of Cartier’s late Art Deco style and sparked an international bidding war. The necklace headlined headlined the selection of Art Deco jewelry and timepieces from the most coveted jewellery houses - including Cartier and Lacloche Frères.
The Cartier Art Deco Aquamarine and Diamond necklace is described as “a perfect example of Cartier’s late Art Deco style, for which the French jeweler is internationally recognised.” Emily Barber, Bonhams UK Jewelry Director, says: “From the 1930s Cartier used aquamarines in their designs. This necklace is a magnificent example of how the Maison elevated the transparent pale-blue gem to the forefront of contemporary high jewelry design.”