Raised in a family of French jewellers, André Chervin was imbued with the traditions of French jewellery manufacturing. At the end of the Second World War, and with Europe in tatters, he and Serge Carponcy headed for New York, where they felt their prospects would be far better. They went to work for the jewellery manufacturing firm Louis Feron and in 1954, they established their own business at 12 East 52nd Street. Carvin French is an amalgamtion of their two names. The firm went on to work for all the great houses, such as Bulgari, Cartier, Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels and Harry Winston.
A SENSATIONAL EMERALD, RUBY AND COLORED DIAMOND SNAKE NECKLACE, BY CARVIN FRENCH
Designed as a pavé-set yellow diamond coiled snake, with a buff-top ruby head and pear-shaped emerald eyes, to the central bezel-set rectangular-cut yellow diamond, suspending a pear-shaped emerald, weighing approximately 14.03 carats, within a pear-shaped and oval-cut yellow diamond surround, mounted in 18k gold, 15½ ins.
Signed C.F. for Carvin French, no. 10144
With certificate 36996 dated 22 March 2001 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the emerald is of Zambian origin and the clarity is enhanced by oil. Extent of enhancement: minor