Bid Smart: René Boivin’s unique sparkle shines through in his jewelry

This circa-1935 sapphire ring from the House of Boivin achieved €110,000 ($116,062) plus the buyer’s premium in July 2022. Image courtesy of Tajan and LiveAuctioneers.

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This circa-1935 sapphire ring from the House of Boivin achieved €110,000 ($116,062) plus the buyer’s premium in July 2022. Image courtesy of Tajan and LiveAuctioneers.

This circa-1935 sapphire ring from the House of Boivin achieved €110,000 ($116,062) plus the buyer’s premium in July 2022. Image courtesy of Tajan and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK —  French goldsmith and engraver René Boivin (1864-1917) built an impressive company that was one of the leading European jewelry houses in the 20th century. Known for his striking designs that went against the naturalistic look that prevailed during the Art Nouveau era, Boivin was celebrated for his unusual choice of materials and his wildly imaginative pieces. The Maison Boivin (House of Boivin) continued in business for decades after his death under his wife Jeanne Boivin’s leadership, and she held true to his legacy, creating many inventive compositions that blended semi-precious stones or pearls with materials such as enamel, rock crystal and hardstones.

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Exclusive Estate and Designer Jewelry commands spotlight, Oct. 25

Marina B 18K gold, diamond, topaz and citrine ring, estimated at $9,000-$11,000
Marina B 18K gold, diamond, topaz and citrine ring, estimated at $9,000-$11,000
Marina B 18K gold, diamond, topaz and citrine ring, estimated at $9,000-$11,000

NEW YORK – A circa-1980s Marina B 18K gold, topaz, citrine and diamond ring; a pair of Suzanne Belperron Dents de Loup gold, platinum and diamond clip brooches; and a charming set of gold, diamond and onyx poodle-form pins by Cartier will likely earn top lot status at Jasper52’s Exclusive Estate and Designer Jewelry auction, which will take place on Tuesday, October 25, starting at 3 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Jewelry designer Raymond Yard rose to the challenge

A citrine and gold jewelry suite Raymond Yard made for actress Joan Crawford brought $200,000 plus the buyer’s premium in May 2022. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.
A citrine and gold jewelry suite Raymond Yard made for actress Joan Crawford brought $200,000 plus the buyer’s premium in May 2022. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.
A citrine and gold jewelry suite Raymond Yard made for actress Joan Crawford brought $200,000 plus the buyer’s premium in May 2022. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK — The life of Raymond C. Yard (1898-1964) demonstrates the power of a heavy-hitting early endorsement. Born to a railroad conductor and a stay-at-home mother, he began his career in the jewelry trade as a door attendant and errand boy for Marcus & Co at age 13, one of the top jewelry firms in New York City. Yard went from earning three dollars a week to becoming one of its top salesmen. In 1922, at the urging of one of Marcus’ most affluent patrons, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., he decided to hang his own shingle on Manhattan’s iconic Fifth Avenue. Rockefeller promised to bring Yard business and he kept his word, not only having the young man design jewelry for his wedding but recommending him to his friends. The jeweler was soon courted by movie stars and high society clients, many of whom commissioned statement pieces from him.

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Joan Crawford’s Raymond Yard jewelry suite earns $250K at Heritage

Raymond Yard citrine and gold jewelry suite, commissioned by Joan Crawford, $250,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Raymond Yard citrine and gold jewelry suite, commissioned by Joan Crawford, $250,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Raymond Yard citrine and gold jewelry suite, commissioned by Joan Crawford, $250,000. Courtesy Heritage Auctions

DALLAS — Joan Crawford’s statement-making necklace, brooch and bracelet, which she commissioned from acclaimed jeweler Raymond Yard, realized $250,000 in Heritage Auctions‘ May 2 Spring Fine Jewelry event.

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Heritage to auction commissioned pieces by celebrity jeweler JAR, May 2

18K gold and aluminum geranium ear clips by JAR, est. $5,000-$7,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

 

18K gold and aluminum geranium ear clips by JAR, est. $5,000-$7,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

18K gold and aluminum geranium ear clips by JAR, est. $5,000-$7,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

DALLAS – Heritage Auctions‘ May 2 Spring Fine Jewelry event contains a truly spectacular 404-lot lineup that no ardent collector will want to miss. It includes a suite commissioned by Joan Crawford from Raymond Yard as well as the largest private collection of ear clips by the legendary Paris-based American jewelry designer known as JAR. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Geodes: Collectors know it’s what’s on the inside that counts

This citrine geode from the Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil sold for $5,000 plus the buyer’s premium in May 2018 at Heritage Auctions. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.
This citrine geode from the Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil sold for $5,000 plus the buyer’s premium in May 2018 at Heritage Auctions. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.
This citrine geode from the Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil sold for $5,000 plus the buyer’s premium in May 2018 at Heritage Auctions. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — The latest trend in home decorating involves objects that are thousands and sometimes millions of years old. Geodes — rocks that contain crystals — are all the rage as home accent pieces. While hunting for geodes is an established pastime, the alluring natural history specimens are readily available at auction.

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