Christies to auction off iconic JAR earrings

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Experts estimate the ear pendants will sell for £190,000-320,000.

Christies has announced it will be auctioning off a pair of iconic imperial topaz, ruby and diamond ear pendants this October.

The ear pendants, which were made by celebrated contemporary designer Joel Rosenthal (JAR) are worth an estimated $300,000 – 500,000 (£19,000 – 320,000).

Originally cut and designed for award-winning actress Ellen Barkin, they featured in her landmark jewellery collection sale at Christie’s in October 2006, as part of a group of 17 JAR creations, the largest and most significant group of JAR jewels ever offered at public auction. The sale achieved over $20 million (£12.8 million) in sales.

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Christies International Jewellery Department director and president of Asia Francois Curiel said: “We are proud to re-offer these iconic ear pendants that captured so much attention from collectors and media around the world when they were first sold at Christie’s just four years ago.

“Whenever JAR creations come up for auction, they are very much sought-after by collectors, who value their exceptional quality, exclusivity, and meticulous craftsmanship. It is not unusual for Joel Rosenthal to spend months or even years searching for the perfect gem to fit one of his unique creations, and these rare topaz stones with their unusual touch of red are the perfect fit for this stunning design.”

Measuring 2¾ inches long and one inch at their widest point, each ear pendant is set with an
elongated oval-cut Imperial topaz and accented with a circular-cut diamond surround enhanced by circular-cut ruby clusters. The diamond-set link and hoop are mounted in silver and 18 carat rose gold.

Barkin famously wore the ear pendants on the night of the Oscars in 2005, coordinating them with a striking, orange-hued dress.

The JAR ear pendants will be sold as part of the ‘Jewels: The New York Sale’ auction that will take place in New York on October 20.

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