June Jewel of the Month

A pair of earring which capture the quintessential Art Deco aesthetic with their vibrant colours and geometric shapes has been chosen as Hancocks Jewel of the Month for June.

A perfect example of the style and craftsmanship associated with the Art Deco era, the earrings, dated circa 1935, feature a beautiful combination of jade, coral, and diamonds and are signed Marzo Paris.

Guy Burton, Managing Director, Hancocks London, comments: “Crafted during Marzo’s most desirable period, the blend of natural jadeite, coral, and diamonds exemplifies the bold and striking designs that defined the Art Deco period and roaring Twenties.

“Marzo jewellery remains highly sought after given its elegance
and sophistication. As stylish and contemporary now as they were nearly a century ago when they were first made, they make a timeless addition to any collection.”

Marzo Paris: A Legacy of Excellence

The nephew of Spanish court jeweller Francisco Marzo, Lorenzo Marzo set up his own jewellery business in Paris in 1901, registering his maker’s mark and originally setting up shop at 207, rue Saint-Honoré before relocating to 22 Rue de la Paix, with additional stores in Biarritz and Madrid.

Marzo’s creations, ranging from delicate seed pearl and diamond Belle Époque brooches to striking emerald and diamond tiaras, showcased his ability to compete at the highest level of the jewellery market. However, it is his bold Art Deco pieces from the 1920s and 1930s that truly solidify his legacy. Large, faceted stones such as amethyst and aquamarine were masterfully set into rings, pendants, and brooches, often accented with pavé diamonds and black enamel. Smooth cabochons of black onyx were contrasted with the brilliant sparkle of white diamonds and the
vivid hue of orange coral. 

Marzo’s innovative designs were recognized at the 1925 L’Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris, where
he was awarded the Grand Prix. The exhibition catalogue featured an array of his work, including elegant long drop earrings set with pear-shaped cabochon emeralds, a geometric panel bracelet, and an oriental-inspired trellis work brooch adorned with ruby, sapphire, and emerald motifs within a diamond- studded frame.

In 1927, Lorenzo Marzo was honored with the Légion d’honneur, a testament to his significant contributions to the field of jewellery design. Although he passed away just two years later, his son Rafael continued the family tradition and assumed control of the family business., ensuring the legacy of Marzo’s exceptional craftsmanship endured.

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