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One of a Kind Dioptase Yellow Gold Granite 18 Carats Brooch Signed Roland Schad



Amazing one of a kind Brooch that can be transformed into a pendant in granite gold, presenting raw dioptase crystals. Brooch's weight : 33.7 g. Brooch's dimension : 6.3 x 2.72 x 2 cm ( 2.36 x 0.79 x 0.79 inches) 18 karat yellow gold (750/1000th) Signed Roland Schad and numbered K289. France, circa 1970-1980. About Roland Schad Roland Schad was born between 1930 and 1935 in Lausanne, his father-in-law being a jeweller, which probably contributed to his interest in jewellery creation. It is after studying business that Roland Schad turned towards a CAP in jewellery in Nice. At the age of 28, he then launched himself into the world of jewellery, of which he particularly sublimates the raw aspect. In 1969 Roland Schad made a name for himself with his “Barbaric” collection combining a particular work of gold, which he called “granite gold”, and raw minerals such as dioptase, opal, beryls and quartz. Roland Schad never subcontracted the production of these pieces. They are almost all unique pieces. According to his long-time friend he did “real craftsmanship”. And his genius was not only expressed in jewellery but also in the creation of decorative objects such as boxes or paperweights in dioptase. He never collaborated with the great Place Vendôme jewellery houses such as Pierre Sterlé, one of his sources of inspiration who worked for Boucheron. On the other hand, we can still talk about Erik Schaix’s fashion show at the Plaza Athénée in 1992, where his jewellery was combined with the designer’s outfits. For the last 5 years of his life, he worked with the creator of Gem’s Secret, Sin Lee Lim. Among Roland Schad’s clients are Madame Fenestraz, known for her properties in Courchevel, Madame Berthillon-Chauvin and Edith Bongo, wife of Gabonese President Omar Bongo. However, Schad was not only a jeweller, he was also an exhibited artist. Roland Schad exhibited at the Salon Porte de Versailles in the creators’ section, because according to him the clientele was more “hand-picked”. He also exhibited in the Léadouze gallery, avenue Matignon, at Madame Nadine de Rothschild’s and in the Schaix gallery. But the dominant exhibition of his career is probably the one called “Sculptures de tempête” (Storm Sculptures) which Erik Schaix instigated. Following the storm that ravaged the gardens of Versailles in 1999, the National Estate of Versailles decided to auction the wood of its most prestigious trees. Erik Schaix acquired the Cedar of the Nursery, the Atlas Cedar planted by Napoleon and Marie-Antoinette’s Tulip Tree. He calls upon his artist friends and asks them to make sculptures from these woods. Roland Schad then created his masterpiece “The Tree and the Sun”, a Virginia Tulip tree set with fine gold, citrines, sunstones, green beryl, carnelian, moonstone. Inaugurated on June 4, 2004 at the Orangerie du Trianon, by Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, then Minister of Culture at the time, the work of Roland Schad was very much noticed there. Apart from jewellery, according to his friend, Schad was always an epicurean and a lover of imposing antique furniture such as chests or Normandy cupboards… Erik Schaix describes him as a “refined lout”, which brings us back to his creations combining elegance, raw minerals and granite gold. Roland Schad died in 2017. But his know-how is found in the creations of Erik Schaix about which he says, in a way, he pays tribute to the work of his friend by working with “granite gold” which he also applies to silver.


  • Creator
    Roland Schad
  • Metal
    18k Gold,Yellow Gold
  • Weight
    33.7 g
  • Dimensions
    Width: 2.36 in. (59.95 mm)Depth: 0.79 in. (20.07 mm)Length: 0.79 in. (20.07 mm)
  • Style
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Paris, FR
  • Reference Number
    Seller: BS861stDibs: LU1105112399982

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About the Maker

Les Pierres De Julie

LES PIERRES DE JULIE was founded in 2005 by the creator and gemmologist Julie Cailleux Mialet. Despite her specialization in luxury hospitality, Julie has always been immersed in art with an antique dealer’s family business running for over thirty years. In 1999, Julie's career took a different turn. She took over the management of her father's art gallery, La Tour Camoufle, at the Village Suisse in Paris. In parallel with this activity, Julie Cailleux Mialet also fulfilled her passion for gemmology by following a 4-year training course at the Institute of Gemmology in Paris. Since 2005 and the launch of her brand LES PIERRES DE JULIE, Julie has specialized in the expertise of precious stones (sapphire, emeralds, rubies, diamonds) and gemstones (tourmaline, peridot, tanzanite, aquamarine, rubellite, pink sapphire, tsavorite garnet, spessartite garnet, rhodolite garnet, spinels, chalcedony, kunzite, Paraiba tourmaline, etc.). Whether you are looking for the perfect stone or a unique jewel, Julie will be to welcome you happy to advise you in her 18th's century furniture, paintings and antiques shop, and help you find and / or create a unique jewel. My creations, mostly unique and one of a kind piece are realised in my Paris workshop and respect the norm of ‘La Joaillerie Française’.
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