Marilyn Cooperman sets a high standard in fine and elegant fashion jewelry. She began her career dressing women in Mexican-inspired resort wear, and later, in the 1970s, creating an Art Deco inspired apparel company called "Max and Marilyn". Although trained as a seamstress and a highly successful fashion editor for Simplicity and Vogue Patterns, Marilyn Cooperman has achieved her greatest acclaim as a jewelry designer.
In 1987, Fred Leighton, a prominent jewelry designer and dealer, and a longtime friend, asked her to join his Madison Avenue store. Ms. Cooperman reworked outdated pieces of jewelry in addition to creating new imaginative designs. The venture was so successful that in 1993, Ms. Cooperman launched a company in her own name. By this time, she had a loyal following of stylish collectors eagerly awaiting her newest designs.
Christie's is pleased to offer a selection of seven Marilyn Cooperman designs. Lots 229 and 230 are large, striking pieces created in a sensual paisley shape. Set with both semi-precious and precious stones and silver and gold, they reference the both Renaissance and Far Eastern imagery. The moth (lot 233) is another lavishly scaled design. Large and distinctive, the silver moth is an unusual take on the traditional butterfly design. The fiery orange of an autumn leaf is interpreted as a brooch (lot 234) and as the clasp of a multi-strand smoky quartz necklace (lot 231). Cooperman's dramatic pieces transcend jewelry and become unique wearable art.