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Jar Earrings Gold Silver Enamel Jar Paris Almond Blossom Joel Arthur Rozenthal

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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 JAR Paris and numbered, with French assay and workshop marks. With signed pink pouch. These earclips by JAR are a special rendition of almond flowers. They were fashioned after the artist created his first piece of Judaica, a menorah he made for the Jewish Museum of Rome in a joint exhibition with the Vatican. The only piece of commissioned original art for the exhibition, Mr. Rosenthal created the menorah in the form of almond branches and pink enameled almond flowers in the same manner as the earclips offered here. The artist grew up in a Jewish household with fond childhood memories of his grandmother's almond cookies, which were the original inspiration for the piece. A later conversation with a rabbi revealed that the almond tree was actually a significant symbol in Judaica, representing the tree of life, and possibly the original form by which the menorah was inspired. The serendipitous connection makes these earclips both a unique and personal example of JAR’s design repertoire. Dimensions approximately 1⅞ x ¾ inch and 1⅞ x 1⅞ inches.

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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.Browse JAR jewelry today on 1stDibs.
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