An antique, French, coral, pearl and diamond suite, consisting of brooch and earrings, with salmon coloured bouton, bead and drop shape corals,...
A vintage Piaget diamond and gold flower suite, comprising a ring, designed with articulated gold mesh opening and closing petals, diamond set stamens and textured finished leaves, together with two diamond set flower brooches, both with gold mesh opening and closing petals and diamond set stamens, mounted in 18ct yellow gold. Circa 1960.
The flower ring is mounted in gold, with mesh opening and closing petals, edged in gold, with Swiss-cut diamond set, articulated stamens, with platinum settings and textured finished leaves, on a polished gold shank, with French gold hallmarks for export, Mercury's head for gold and a girl's head for platinum, for export, 0750, for 18ct gold and a maker's mark R flower T, circa 1960. Estimated total diamond weight 0.45ct. Head of ring approximately 25mm, when fully open, 13.55g
The smaller flower brooch, has gold mesh opening and closing petals, Swiss-cut diamond set, articulated stamens, with platinum settings and textured finished leaves, matching the ring, it is mounted in 18ct yellow gold, signed Piaget, on the stem, with French hallmarks, with three Mercury's head marks, for 18ct gold, for export and a girl's head for platinum, for export, 0750, for 18ct gold and a maker's mark R flower T, circa 1960. Estimated total diamond weight 0.40ct. Approximately 39.6 x 25mm, 13.76g
The larger flower brooch, has gold mesh opening and closing petals, edged in gold, articulated stamens, with Swiss-cut diamonds in platinum settings and three leaves, with ribbed veins, it is mounted in 18ct yellow gold, signed Piaget, on the stem, with French hallmarks, with three Mercury's head marks, for 18ct gold, for export and a girl's head for platinum, for export, 0750, for 18ct gold, a maker's mark R flower T and marked SGDG, circa 1960. Estimated total diamond weight 0.65ct. Approximately 60 x 35mm, 21.76g, Scratched WTE or B on its side TE
Each petal is numbered I to V.
Piaget was founded in 1874 in the village of La Côte-aux-Fées, in the Swiss Jura Mountains, by Georges-Édouard Piaget, a farmer who built pocket watches during the winter for extra money. In 1911, Timothée Piaget, the son of Georges, took over the family firm and made the timepiece business a full-time endeavour. Its watches were built for other companies who placed their name on the timepieces. The founder’s grandsons, Gérald and Valentin Piaget, registered the Piaget brand as a trademark in 1943. Two years later, a new, larger manufacture was set up, in at La Côte-aux-Fées, producing its own creations and the family name became an international brand. In the late 1950s, the company began creating some of the thinnest watches in the world. In 1959, the first "Salon Piaget" was launched in Geneva. Expanding their business by displaying the first of Piaget's luxury jewellery creations, alongside their timepieces. Geneva became home to Piaget's goldsmithing and gem-setting workshops.
Valentin Piaget asked the Maison's designers to "do what has never been done before." This instruction was followed in 1963 when the first watches with ornamental stones set into the dial were released. This was explored further with the colourful "21st Century Collection".
Their glamorous and daring designs attracted the attention of some of the brightest stars of the time like Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, and Sophia Loren. Piaget’s display of artistry laid the foundations for collaborations with artists, beginning with Salvador Dalí in 1967.
Piaget became synonymous with elegance, luxury and "beautiful people" under the 4th generation of the family with Yves Piaget. Piaget events became the place to be. The relaxed elegance of the time was crafted in gold in 1979 with the Piaget Polo watch, tying the brand to Polo, the sport of kings.
In 2001 Piaget opened a new Atelier in Plan-les-Ouates. The company dramatically increased its jewellery business in the past 15 to 20 years. Their jewellery collections now account for more than a third of total sales for the company. Piaget, now owned by the Richemont luxury holding company, is still a family name. Yves Piaget, the chairman has been present for the last 50 years of the company’s history.
Thanks to the Piaget website and Forbes Magazine
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