Joel Arthur Rosenthal, also known as JAR, is one of the most influential contemporary jewelry designers in the world. He has been referred to as the Fabergé of the late twentieth century as well as compared to Cartier and Lalique. However, rather than draw these parallels, because of his individuality and the extraordinary objects that he creates, JAR is a phenomenon that the world has not witnessed before.
What defines JAR's work is his superior craftsmanship, evocative of the quality of jewels in the 18th and 19th centuries; his bold sense of proportion, often resulting in comparatively sculptural objects; and his propensity for incorporating shallow and unusual gemstones into his pieces, resulting in a vivid sense of movement and light. His attention to detail is overwhelming and his self-imposed reflection involved with each work of art can lead to years of meticulous work for just one jewel.
JAR was founded in 1977 with his Swiss business partner, Pierre Jeannet and the appointment-only boutique is located on Place Vendôme in Paris. Exclusive clients who enter through these doors appreciate not only the exceptional design, craftsmanship and quality but also the ultimate perfection sought in every unique jewel. Heralded as one of the greatest living jewelers, JAR's unique creations are keenly sought after by his devoted clients worldwide.
JAR is not a prolific designer, which is why when objects such as these come onto the open market it is not just another jewelry sale but also an event. To have seventeen jewels by JAR from one private collection is unprecedented. Whether it is a pair of demaintoid green and diamond ear pendants that brush the shoulder, a ring bursting with a sculptural diamond-set gardenia blossom, or an unusual fancy deep orangey-brown 'apricot' diamond of 31.85 carats, cleverly set within diamond "threads," his remarkable color palette of uncommon semi-precious stones, his rarified spectrum of colored precious stones and his imaginative settings-all culminate in a jewel that represents virtuosity and originality.
Pieces signed "JAR" are, above all wearable, and throughout this collection, it is evident that these pieces were cherished and worn for any type of occasion. Ms. Barkin's collection provides a rare opportunity for JAR enthusiasts around the globe to own a piece from one of the most desired names in the jewelry world.