In a recent Hong Kong jewelry auction, there has been a noticeable shift in the tastes of jewelry collectors. Although there were a variety of pieces offered ranging from celebrity inspired pieces to actual jewelry worn in actual films, the star power had almost no effect on the price of these sometimes interesting collectables.
At the top lot of the auction was a wonderful pair of jadeite bangles, which sold for $6.9 million to an Asian private buyer. Overall, when the dust cleared, the auction totaled $36.9 million and 79 percent was sold by value.
This ruby and diamond necklace (above) sold for $3.2 million, while a jadeite and diamond suite, consisting of a necklace, earrings and a ring (below), realized $2.4 million.
All top 10 lots of the auction, which were largely jadeite and diamond pieces, were sold to Asian private buyers.
“Nowadays, jewelry collectors have much wider interests,” said Ellen Sin, director of Tiancheng’s jewelry department. “Besides the conventional top jadeites and diamonds, colored gemstones like natural rubies and emeralds have been sought after and drawn increasing attention … We will continue our perseverance in bringing more unique jewelry in line with market tastes from all over the world to collectors.”
Today’s post is part of our Designer spot light series. Our designer being spotlighted is Mauro Felter who has grown up in a land choc full of history in a valley in Northern Italy where the ancient “Camuni” lived. With a deep influence by both the past and the wonderful nature of his native territory, which has had influence which has brought his artistic career and essentially his creations to life.
His uniqueness in design has accented his jewellery which is strictly hand-made, with its own set of unique features. Coupled with an eye for style and a strong personality, designing and creativity were determining factors leading to his success. With is works being exhibited in various Italian art galleries and taking part in important exhibitions of art, he has designed and created numerous pieces such as awards for actors, singers and Italian TV stars, as well as international fashion designers of all sorts.
Recently he’s decided to open his exclusive showrooms in an effort to exhibit his best works and collections which he’s conceived:In Vallecamonica, which is an hour’s drive from Milan. As he continues his search for new inspiring solutions through a healthy combination of gold with innovative cut precious stones, pearls and corals, Mauro Felter is sure forge a steady and growing path as a successfull jewellery designer.
Fortunate for us in the states, at the Couture 2013, Mauro Felter brought some of his best inspirations in an essay to make his mark and wow us all. Below, i’ve featured some of his remarkable pieces which are sure to be a great addition to anyone’s jewelry collection.
The origins of jewelry glass making dates back to 12th century-Venice, this technique gained its popularity back to the times of the Roman Empire when molded glass was used for illumination in bathhouses. The raw Blend of the Roman experience with the skills learned from the Byzantine Empire and trade with the Orient, Venice emerged as a prominent glass-manufacturing center as early as the 8th century. Fast forward to the 20th century where through continuous trade and improvement on techniques, the master glass-makers of Murano were still reproducing classical styles and rediscovering ancient techniques, which was evident at Murano and Venice Exhibition of Choice Glass and Glass Objects staged in 1895 inside Murano City Hall.
From the 20th century up until today, the techniques of glass-makers have been refined to become what it is today. The magnificent appearance and coloring of Murano glass now a day’s are achieved through adding gold or silver foil to the glass mixture and adding minerals such as zinc for white, cobalt for blue, manganese for violet. Once the jewelry piece is finished, it is placed in a cooling oven, called “tempera”, to cool down slowly; in this way it doesn’t break due to the extreme variations in temperature.
Today many jeweler’s through inspirations from universal sources and art have been able to create some very contemporary and fashion forward jewelry pieces. We have been fortunate to be able to bring to you some featured pieces from such jeweler’s which have had the opportunity to become known by media outlets globally. Below, I’ve featured some wonderful pieces from Hilary London and Pasionae.
Many of these wonderful pieces and more can be acquired directly from Hilary London’s site by clicking here.
These breath taking Pasionae pieces can all be viewed and acquired here.
As with anything, Murano glass jewelry may require a certain taste and appreciation to both jewelry and art as a whole. They are all unique and generally no two pieces will be identical in nature. Any Murano piece is sure to attract some attention and simultaneously be unique, hence the reason it would be a great addition to your jewelry arsenal.
Whats a Nardi you ask? Well Nardi is actually a very famous italian jewelry brand named after a jeweler by the name of Giulio Nardi. This jeweler became famous in the 1930’s, and was primarily know for his brooches amongst other things. His artistic genius and a love of creating exotic pieces led Nardi to reinterpret one of the best loved and most famous Venetian icons: the Moretto (Black Moor), as an onyx figure with a gem encrusted turban. This iconic piece made the Nardi brand world famous, its unique blend of varying colored stones coupled with the onyx made this brands image like no other.
Almost all the jewelry made by Nardi is in one way or another rooted back into the roots of Venice and the Moretto its most famous for is no exception. At the peak of this brands time, Venitian high society loved and adored the brand so much that it gained international recognition drawing the attention of celebrities from around the world and was worn by the likes of Liz Taylor, Grace Kelly, Ernest Hemingway, Arthur Rubinstein, Princess Paola of Liège.
I personally love brands such as Nardi, its uniqueness and craftsmanship is what has been integral in keeping jewelry in its pure art form. Its not often that we see expressive pieces of jewelry such as the these and when we do, its worth spending the time or money in its appreciation.
18 kt. gold and silver “Moretto” brooch set with chrysoberyls and fancy colored diamonds
18 kt. gold “Tango” earrings set with onyx, coral and diamonds
18 kt. gold “Manina” brooch set with sapphires
All the pieces and more can be viewed on their site by simply clicking here.