L. Janesich Art Deco Sapphire BroochIrene Byrne & Co
An extraordinary French, Art Deco sapphire and diamond brooch made by artisan jeweller Leopoldo Janesich. The fine blue sapphires are highlighted by the sparkle of 126 old single cut diamonds all set in platinum. This spectacular piece is engraved with the signature L. Janesich. This is a very fine piece of jewellery exemplifying what the Art Deco style was known for in the 1920s.
Leopoldo Janesich was an Italian jeweller based in Trieste, Italy in 1835, making jewellery for an international clientele. At the end of the century, he established a store in Paris where he was well known for his Art Deco style. His clients included the Archduke of Austria, King Nicholas of Montenegro and the Duke of Aosta. He made jewellery for well known jewellery houses such as Bulgari, Vever, Boucheron and Chaumet in France.
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Design Style: Art Deco
Makers Mark: L. Janesich
Gemstones: Sapphire and Diamonds
Cut: Fancy Cut Sapphires and Old Single Cut Diamonds
Weight & Colour: 25 Sapphires = 3.10 ct
126 Diamonds = 1.90ct, G-H / VS-SI
Measurements: 34.65 x 50.00 mm
Gem Studies Laboratory Valuation
Art Deco (1920 - 1939):
It can be argued that the Art Deco period actually started before the 1920s, however it is agreed that it really took off after the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exposition of Decorative Arts and Modern Industries) in Paris, 1925. Drawing on influences from earlier art movements such as Cubism and Bauhaus, the style took traditional jewellery design and through it out the window. The soft, flowing lines inspired by nature from the previous eras were gone. Instead sharp, geometrical designs took centre stage and countries such as Asia and Egypt became the primary source of inspiration. Platinum and white gold were the prominent metals used to set stones, diamonds were popularly being set and contrasted with black onyx and the bright colours of jade, coral, rubies, sapphires and emeralds. This design style resulted in some of the most amazing and influential designs to ever have come out of the industry.