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Sunday, November 13, 2011
PAVE PARADE: A Cartier Diamond Elephant Necklace
Elephant necklace by Cartier (courtesy Christie's Geneva)
Gustav Manz Sterling Elephant Bracelet, c. 1920
Photo (c) Gustav Manz LLC
A parade of Cartier pachyderms goes on the block this week at Christie's Geneva Magnificent Jewels sale on November 16, 2011. The front group are pave-set with diamonds. The Cartier herd remind us of a sterling elephant bracelet Gustav Manz carved in the early 1900s. Manz produced animal-themed items for many retailers including Cartier, Tiffany & Co, Theo B. Starr, Marcus & Co, Black Starr & Gorham, Shreve Crump & Low, and others; a sketch of a 1925 elephant brooch made for Cartier, studded with 80 diamonds, is in the collection of Winterthur Library.
Above: Production notes for diamond pave elephant sold to Cartier in 1925 (Gustav Manz stockbook Winterthur Museum); Photo (c) Gustav Manz LLC. Below: assorted Manz animal pins Image from Arts & Decoration, 1926