• Jewels: The Hong Kong Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2736

    Jewels: The Hong Kong Sale

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2452

    A UNIQUE DIAMOND AND ONYX 'LOVE CUFF', BY CARTIER

    Price Realised  

    A UNIQUE DIAMOND AND ONYX 'LOVE CUFF', BY CARTIER
    Designed as a pavé-set diamond tapered cuff, to the screw head motif onyx and half-moon diamond clasp, mounted in 18k white gold, inner diameter 5.4 cm, in red leather Cartier case

    Signed Cartier, No. 39700B
    Accompanied by a valuation report from Cartier


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    US$250,000-375,000

    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR

    The Cartier Diamond Love Cuff

    The House of Cartier has a long and distinguished history of serving the glittering royal houses of Europe in the West to the opulent dynasties of Siam, Nepal and India in the East. Today Cartier creates and evolves remaining true to its original ethos as an innovator in taste and fashion. This esteemed French jeweller continues to create one-of-a-kind emblamatic jewels, rare and imaginative pieces so beautiful and unique that they can only be associated with Cartier. Studded with high quality white diamonds, The Cartier Diamond Love Cuff is custom-made, commissioned from the house' famous Love collection - a series of the most romantic jewellery formed around the idea of a screw-head covered bracelet which could only be locked and unlocked with a screwdriver, representing one's commitment to a beloved. This symbol of love has since been adopted as a cult jewel by some of Hollywood's most celebrated couples including Nancy and Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. The present diamond cuff is an ambitious extension in concept requiring the highest levels of professional craftsmanship. Cartier demonstrates that the beauty of a jewel does not depend on the use of large gemstones but that the sparkle of smaller diamonds can be equally effective in a combination of superb design and brilliant skill. The mille-grain setting, where the metal surface was punctured into tiny beads that caught light, ensures that not only the diamonds but the metal shimmers and glows, so increasing the hard refractive brilliance of the white stones. The jewel opens with a clasp and while it does not require a screwdriver, it bears three onyx screwhead motifs at its opening symbolising those heartfelt connotations of the Love collection. Luxurious, stylish and elegant, The Cartier Diamond Love Cuff is the only one of its kind in the world.