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JAR

French

While Joel Arthur Rosenthal (b. 1943), the founder of JAR, may not be the most prolific jeweler, he is one of the most exclusive. In fact, Rosenthal has no need for prominent signage or window displays at his famed Place Vendôme boutique in Paris because he opens the door only for a select few, including Elle Macpherson, Barbara Walters, Mary Pinault and Jo Carole Lauder, among others. Rosenthal’s dazzling, sculptural jewelry is internationally adored, but his sales tactics are rather unique — he’s notoriously reclusive, shies away from publicity and advertising, and clients are received only after he’s personally approved them.

The New York City–born designer didn’t plan on a career in the jewelry industry. After graduating from Harvard University with a degree in art history and philosophy, a young Rosenthal moved to Paris, where he opened a needlepoint shop. It was off to a slow start, but after a short time, his unusual color pairings and imaginative stitchwork drew in designers from Hermès and Valentino. Rosenthal was tasked with designing a mount for a gemstone by one of his fashion-industry clientele, and he soon moved beyond textile arts.

With a newfound interest in fashion and design, Rosenthal briefly returned to his native New York City, where he worked as a salesperson in Bvlgari's Fifth Avenue store. His fascination with jewels lured him back to Paris in 1977 to open his own jewelry boutique with his partner, a Swiss psychiatrist named Pierre Jeannet.

In his jewelry shop’s early days, Rosenthal, working with largely affordable stones such as coral, set gems in pavé arrangements that recalled the meticulousness of his needlepoint projects. Although he’d become known among fashion’s elite in Paris, the name JAR was still relatively unfamiliar to his soon-to-be international clientele. An acclaimed exhibition at London’s Somerset House in 2002 changed that.

Rosenthal became a global icon following the 400-piece show, in which the lights were dimmed and guests, armed with flashlights, navigated the display cases of shimmering necklaces and rings adorned in sapphires and diamonds. His now-revered Pansy ear clips — comely floral pieces sculpted from aluminum and mounted in gold — were made available for purchase at the show, while pairs were gifted to those who loaned him their jewels for the exhibition. Like the Pansy earrings, Rosenthal’s pieces are typically inspired by delicate shapes found in nature. One such piece is a ruby-encrusted camellia brooch, which sold in 2012 at a charity auction held at Christie’s for $4.3 million.

Rosenthal still lives in Paris, where he designs approximately 70 pieces every year.

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JAR 18k Gold and Resin Gardenia Earrings
By JAR
Located in Atlanta, GA
The only living jewelry designer to be honored at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. JAR ( Joel Arthur Rosenthal ) established his shop in The Place Vendome in 1977 open by appointment ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary JAR

Materials

18k Gold

JAR Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection Vintage Watch
By JAR
Located in Greenwich, CT
This JAR designed and collectible vintage watch from the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection is wearable fine art. With a orange silicone watch strap, a champagne colored face, an...
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2010s Modern JAR

Materials

Stainless Steel

Jar Paris Titanium and Glass Carnaval Earrings
By JAR
Located in Feasterville, PA
A magnificent set of JAR earrings from the Carnaval collection hallmarked Jar, Paris. The earrings measures 2 3/4" in length.
Category

Early 2000s JAR

Materials

Titanium

JAR Geranium Leaf Earrings
By JAR
Located in San Antonio, TX
A pair of 18k gold plated aluminum Geranium Leaf Earrings by JAR Paris, French Hallmarks.
Category

Early 2000s JAR

Materials

18k Gold, Gold Plate

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Jar Earrings Gold Silver Enamel Jar Paris Almond Blossom Joel Arthur Rozenthal
By JAR
Located in Berlin, DE
Earrings by Joel Arthur Rosenthal aka JAR Paris Designed as a pair of almond blossoms, composed of sculpted silver petals applied with pink enamel, centering gold pistils, signed JA...
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2010s Artisan JAR

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Silver, Sterling Silver, Enamel

Jar Earrings Valerie Black Aluminium Yellow Gold Clip-On Earrings Numbered JAR
By JAR
Located in Berlin, DE
Jar Valerie Black Aluminium Earrings Wearable sculpture made and signed by JAR (Joel Arthur Rosenthal) in his Place Vendome studio, which is by appointment only. These “Valerie” ear...
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2010s Modern JAR

Materials

Mixed Metal, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

JAR White and Yellow Gold Convertible Cube Necklace Bracelet Suite
By JAR
Located in New York, NY
JAR Convertible Cube Necklace Bracelet Suite in 18k White and Yellow Gold. A playful convertible necklace by JAR comprised of weighty cubes of metal, each with alternating tones of ...
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1980s Vintage JAR

Materials

Amethyst, Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold

JAR Chrysophrase Chalcedony Earclips
By JAR
Located in New York, NY
A chic & unusual pair of JAR earrings in silver and 18k gold; each designed as a circular chrysophrase ring, set on each side with a blue chalcedony cabochon with pavé-set single-cu...
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1980s Vintage JAR

Materials

Chalcedony, Chrysophrase, White Diamond, 18k Gold, Silver

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