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JAR Jewelry

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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 Jewelry

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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 Jewelry

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.
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Early 2000s JAR Jewelry

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Titanium

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 Jewelry

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 Jewelry

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Mixed Metal, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

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.
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Early 2000s JAR Jewelry

Materials

18k Gold, Gold Plate

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 Jewelry

Materials

Amethyst, Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold

JAR 18 Karat Gold Multicolored Sapphire, Pearl Necklace
By JAR
Located in New York, NY
Resembling the links of a bicycle chain, this exceptionally crafted JAR necklace is set with a series of square-cut multi-colored sapphires within golden frames, separating into two ...
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1980s Vintage JAR Jewelry

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Pearl, Sapphire, Gold, 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 Jewelry

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

JAR Paris Gilt-Metal Earclips
By JAR
Located in New York, NY
JAR Paris Gilt-Metal Ear clips. Oversized ear clips of modified crescent motif, signed JAR Paris, no. 161, with maker's mark and French assay mark. With signed felt envelope.
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21st Century and Contemporary JAR Jewelry

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Gilt Metal

JAR Paris Volume 2, Book
By JAR
Located in London, GB
This is the second volume of the work of JAR Paris - Joel Arthur Rosenthal, who is one of the most important and sought after jewellers of the late twentieth and twenty first centuri...
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Late 20th Century JAR Jewelry

JAR Volume 1, Book
By JAR
Located in London, GB
This beautiful book is the 2013 reprint of an original from 2002, which was produced to coincide with an exhibition in London of the jewels of JAR (Joel Arthur Rosenthal). The photog...
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20th Century JAR Jewelry

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Jar Large Gold Tone Tickle Me Feather Earrings
By JAR
Located in New York, NY
Very fine and scarce gold-tone aluminum "Tickle Me Feather" earrings by JAR, Joel Arthur Rosenthal. With omega earring backs in 18k gold. These are made in limited edition. Pouch i...
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Late 20th Century JAR Jewelry

JAR Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection Vintage Black White 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 chic black silicone watch strap, a silver face, and a cle...
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2010s Modern JAR Jewelry

Materials

Stainless Steel

JAR Diamond Chrysophrase Coral Gold Earclips
By JAR
Located in New York, NY
A chic & unusual pair of JAR earrings; each designed as a circular chrysophrase ring, set on each side with a pink coral cabochon with pavé-set single-cut diamond accents. Signed JA...
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1980s Vintage JAR Jewelry

Materials

Chrysophrase, Coral, White Diamond, 18k Gold

Group of Six Amethyst Crystals & Silver Objects by Jar
By JAR
Located in New York, NY
Group of Six Amethyst Crystals & Silver Desk Objects By JAR Joel Arthur Rosenthal produces only around 70 imaginative, meticulously crafted pieces a year, making them highly sought ...
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1990s JAR Jewelry

Materials

Amethyst, Crystal, Silver

JAR Rare Diamond Gold Solitaire Ring
By JAR
Located in New York, NY
An extremely rare and elegant solitaire ring by JAR, centering a prong-set European-cut diamond of approximately 4 carats with an estimated color-clarity F-VS, set in yellow gold wit...
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20th Century JAR Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Yellow Gold, Gold

JAR Large Geranium Gold Tone Aluminum Earrings
By JAR
Located in New York, NY
Impressive gold-tone aluminum geranium earrings by JAR, Joel Arthur Rosenthal. These are the large model and are made in limited edition. Pouch is included in sale. Beautiful workman...
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Late 20th Century JAR Jewelry

Light Pink Aluminum Fan Earrings by JAR
By JAR
Located in New York, NY
JAR fan earrings in sculpted aluminum with mauve matte colored finish. Measures 4 x 7.4 cm. (1.6 x 2.9 in.)
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Late 20th Century JAR Jewelry

JAR 18 Karat Rose Gold Sapphire, Chalcedony, and Diamond Necklace
By JAR
Located in New York, NY
A stylish JAR Paris necklace that dates back to the 1980s, suspending an engraved chalcedony intaglio featuring carved Arabic script ‘Ali Quatrain’ for use as talismanic amulets. The...
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1980s Vintage JAR Jewelry

Materials

Chalcedony, Diamond, Pearl, Sapphire, 18k Gold

Jar Attractive Spinel, Diamond Ear Clips
By JAR
Located in New York, NY
JAR Attractive Spinel, Diamond Earrings Each set with an octagonal spinel, with surround pave-set diamonds of brown tint and near-colorless. Measurements approx. 1.12″ in length x 1....
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1980s Vintage JAR Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Spinel, 18k Gold, Silver

JAR Aluminium and Gold Pansy Earclips
By JAR
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful lifelike aluminum and 18K yellow gold purple "Pansy" ear clips by JAR, Joel Arthur Rosethal. Hallmarks: Jar, French maker's mark, French 18k gold "Eagle's head" assay mark.
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Late 20th Century JAR Jewelry

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The unique "Tickle me Feather" earrings by JAR. Of scrolled feather design, each carved in black resin, mounted in yellow gold, signed JAR, with original fitted pouch. Clip-on style....
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Venetian Glass and Gold Leaf Titanium Earrings by JAR, Paris
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Jar Earrings Pair Gold Silver Enamel Earclips Jar Paris Almond Blossom Christmas
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