A Pair of Opal and Diamond Earrings

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    • Arteau

    • Two cabochon opals, total 4.32 carats
      Round opals, total 3.25 carats
      Round brilliant-cut diamonds, total 0.95 carat

    • Signed, numbered
      Titanium and yellow gold, approximately 1.25 x 1.00 inches, signed box

  • Catalogue Essay

    Stephane Marteau spent countless hours as a boy in his father Henry’s workshop learning all aspects of the jewelry business. He honed his technical skills, accrued knowledge of stones and their acquisition, and began engaging with clients. It was this robust and old-world education with hands on learning, practice and exposure that enabled Stephane to start his career.

    After business school, Stephane returned to work at the Georland atelier in Paris. This workshop, founded in 1954, quickly developed an international reputation for producing the highest quality jewels. As the business flourished, they opened a second workshop in New York. Together, these ateliers were responsible for designing and manufacturing jewelry for many prestigious jewelry maisons such as Boucheron, Cartier, Chanel, Chaumet, Dior, Graff, Mauboussin, Mikimoto, Louis Vuitton, Piaget, Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels and Harry Winston.

    In the 1990s Stephane and his brother Jean-Garbriel modernized the ateliers, investing in new technology and manufacturing tools. Today a third generation of jewelers have joined the family business.

    In 2011, Stephane stepped away from the family business and founded Arteau, offering his own haute jewelry to clients. Unlike most conventional designers, he selects his stones directly from the mine. Once sourced and polished, Stephane spends time examining his gems which further inspire his design.

    The pair of opal and diamond earrings (Lot # 130) are a perfect example of Stephane’s creative process in that the opals’ aqueous nature inspired his oceanic design. These earrings are of superlative quality and craftsmanship, finished on the reverse with the same attention to detail as on the front. For Stephane and his team of craftsman, jewelry is an art and each piece is singular.



A Pair of Opal and Diamond Earrings

$15,000 - 25,000 

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New York Auction 6 December 2018