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Pierre Sterle

circa 1950s
An exceptional ribbon twist necklace with contrasting round brilliant and baguette cut diamonds.

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An exceptional diamond necklace by Sterlé, the highly articulated necklace designed as a graduated double row ribbon twist encircling the neck with contrasting strands of sparkling round brilliant and icy baguette cut diamonds all set in platinum, it evokes suppleness and movement in its every curve and cleverly separates into two bracelets of different widths as well as a bandeau style tiara making it a wonderfully versatile piece suitable for wear on endless occasions.
  • OriginParis, France
  • Gemstones and Other MaterialsRound brilliant diamonds estimated to weigh an approximate total of 36.9cts Baguette diamonds estimated to weigh an approximate total of 34cts
  • Condition ReportExtremely fine
  • SettingPlatinum with French assay marks and makers signature.
  • Weight description103 grams
  • DimensionsNecklace 18" / 45cm long Bracelets Bandeau
Directors notes
Pierre Sterlé was a jeweller possessed of an exceptionally creative imagination. He was inspired by nature and the shapes and forms found therein but refused to be constrained by the formal rigidity of metal and gemstones which he sought to manipulate and infuse with movement and life. Renowned amongst his peers for inventing new ways to work with gold and for innovative jewels that saw him recognised with the DeBeers Diamond Award not once but three times, he was also beloved by his clients who ranged from Parisian high society to foreign dignitaries and royalty. This stunning necklace exemplifies his love of movement with its twisting undulating rows of contrasting brilliant and baguette diamonds that wrap sensuously around the neck (or wrist when worn as bracelets) with a wonderful fluidity. The exceptional craftsmanship displayed in this piece and the technical skill needed to set the stones within their highly articulated mounts pays tribute to Sterlé’s unending search for perfection in bringing his jewelled visions to life.
Literature & exhibitions
Please see 'Sterlé, Joaillier Paris' by Viviane Jutheau 1990 for a photo of a very similar necklace with which Sterlé won the DeBeers Diamond Award.
The larger of the two bracelets featured in a stylish 1958 advertisement for Sterlé jewellery in a French magazine.

Sterlé, Pierre

Pierre Sterlé was still a young boy when fate dealt him the hand that would set him on the path to becoming one of the most exciting jewellers of the mid 20th Century.  

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