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Planning Ahead: September 2019

Slim Aarons via Getty Images
Slim Aarons via Getty Images

Can you believe it is that time already? Back to school planning. Autumn trade shows. The forecast of trends and collections ideal for the holiday season, and beyond. It always seems to come by so quickly!

As you know The Carat Soup advocates modern and contemporary art, dazzling gems and jewellery with a ubiquitous sprinkling of culture – the September calendar planning encapsulates this. Hoping you have the chance to meet with colleagues (old and new) at Trade fairs, read and enjoy the provenance and a slice of history at auction, and support up-and-coming new talent.

If you haven’t finalised your diary for next month, remember to include:
International Jewellery London (1-3)
+ Comoscow international contemporary art fair(6-8)
+ FNB Art Joburg (13 – 15)
+ HK Jewelry and Gem Show (16 – 20*)
+ Goldsmiths’ Fair London (24 – 30)
+ Sotheby’s Fine Jewellery Sale sale (25)
+ Monaco Yacht Show (25 – 28)

*track up to date information for this event, via their website

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Hidden Gems: Alice Edwards, The Times and Sunday Times Newspaper, Jewellery Editor

Every Monday I shine a spotlight on hidden gems. Extraordinary women in our industry. This week’s focus is on @AliceEdwards.

Alice is currently the Jewellery Editor at The Sunday Times & The Times. She started here in the spring of 2016.

Before that, the jewellery writer spent over 8 years at Conde Nast. Which included being the Jewellery & Watches Editor at Tatler.

Edwards has a glittering (pun intended) time within our industry. You can live vicariously through her Instagram here. With special focus on Instagram Stories, which are always curated with a crisp aesthetic. Alice goes to a whole host of fun and fascinating events. From jewellery talks and exhibitions to one-of-a-kind celebrations hosted by an industry insider. If you don’t already, follow along. Thank me later!

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#BringBackTheBrooch – yellow diamond ribbon brooch

On Wednesday 14th November in Geneva, Sotheby’s sold this brooch for CHF 2,115,000 (CHF 1 = approx USD$0.95-1.00).

This was part of the white-glove sale (all lots sold). Bursting with edge-of-my-seat lots and tense ‘gavel down’ moments aplenty. The popularity of brooches throughout this auction season comes as no surprise, as there’s been a social media campaign for the passed few years. Calling for a grand return of the brooch. Often seen as a go-to accessory for a more mature audience. Yet, brooches are proving popular, from millenials to Gen X, Y and Z. Oooh, not forgetting the provenance too:

*The double ribbon bow from Marie Antoinette, Queen of France (1755-1793).

“2. Un écrin en cuir rouge écarlate, contenant un nœud en diamants avec pendeloque gros diamant jaune, le nœud fait parti du diadème ou ceinture ci-dessus, et a la même provenance”.

[2. A scarlet red case, containing a diamond bow supporting a pendant set with a large yellow diamond, the bow was formerly part of the tiara or belt here above, and has the same provenance].

Excerpt from the inventory of Archduchess Marie Anne of Austria, Princess Elie de Bourbon Parme.

The international auction house describes it as a “diamond brooch, second half of the 18th century” they add, “of double ribbon bow design set with cushion-shaped and circular-cut diamonds, second half of the 18thcentury, supporting a detachable pendant set with a pear-shaped diamond of yellow tint, probably early 19thcentury.”

*wording here