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    Sale 1350

    Magnificent Jewels

    15 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 287


    Price Realised  


    The openwork band designed as three interlaced micro-pavé diamond threads, centering upon a marquise-cut diamond, weighing 5.27 carats, mounted in 18k white gold, ring size 6, in a Lorenz Bämer lacquered black case
    By Lorenz Bämer
    Accompanied by report no. 173059 dated 29 March 2006 from the Laboratoire Français de Gemmologie (CCIP) stating that the diamond is H colour, VS2 clarity

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    Lorenz Bäumer

    'The Biorythm ring is inspired by the rhythms of the heart; the beautiful moment when they all meet and beat in unison. A tribute to love and brotherhood. I worked with a wonderful stonesetter who does such delicate and intricate work and whose craftmanship allows me to bring my imagination to life.'

    Lorenz Bäumer was born in Washington D.C and after graduating from engineering studies in Paris, he began designing jewellery in 1992. Lorenz did not come from a family of jewellers and never having had any formal training in jewellery allows him to create with a great freedom. His jewels are inspired by the three universes that he loves and adores: poetry, architecture and gardening and this passion is reflected in the salons he designed which overlook Place Vendome. More importantly, this is expressed in his creations which could easily be an ear of corn in diamonds and pearls or a vegetable bracelet, as it could be a diamond parure. Lorenz's works are known for their attention to detail, perfect execution and a good sense of colour, all combined with an unexpected twist. He incorporates a wide variety of materials, from high-quality precious gemstones to tiger's eye, rhodochrosite and jade. This strong individualism is masterfully assimilated with wearable elegance and just a touch of whimsy. Indeed, this creative flair is revealed in his own words: "Jewellery should be more than art. It should be an experience." Lorenz gives personal dedication to each jewel he crafts, from the design development to product photography. This commitment can perhaps explain why he is often asked to design a one-off piece for a specific client. Indeed, each piece is tailored to the client and serves as a tribute to that lucky individual. Seven of his jewels are on display in the Louvre's Museum of Decorative Art. Two of his pieces featured in the exhibition "Masterpieces of French Jewellery" that took place in New York. Still in the big apple, an important retrospective of his work took place in spring 2007 at the National Jewellery Institute of America. He recently published a book called My own dictionary, an invitation into his creative world.