life in the facet lane by Diana Jarrett
Gemstone studded jewelry can be magnetic, hypnotic or even leave us wanting to know more. Masters of storytelling, some pieces were created in great houses which started in Europe a century or more ago. What separates them from other jewelry manufacturers is their insistence on craftsmanship and expertise in old-world skill. That allows them to convey exactly what they want to say with all the subtle nuances of a fine storyteller.
The House of Cartier is one such jeweler founded in Paris in 1847. Drawing in aristocracy and royalty, it didn’t take long for them to become known as ‘the jeweler of kings and the king of jewelers.’ You can’t fake quality. And this could be one reason why New York-Miami luxury jeweler Raphael Weil www.weiljewelry.com is so fond of top-notch vintage and antique jewelry. A French native, he has a particular soft spot for Cartier.
Cartier perfectly conveys the sense of beauty, loyalty and pride in its vintage flag jewels. Deftly crafted like only a true Cartier jewel can be, the symbols of freedom and democracy never look dated or go out of style. In these vintage Cartier American flag pieces, their special flair and dazzling good looks radiate with every sparkle off the gemstone facets.
“Vintage pieces signed by prestigious houses can be extremely rare and unique which makes them highly desirable,” Weil points
out. “They are almost always handcrafted by the world’s best jewelers and set with the finest stones. “ This season we have a lot to reflect on—not the least of which is the 20th anniversary of 9/11, a somber day of remembrance and gratitude for the heroes that ran in when everyone else was running out. But there are so many reasons to wear the American flag with gratitude and pride. Weil feels, “Americans are very patriotic.” He sees our patriotism expressed everywhere he looks.
“The American flag is a very strong symbol for freedom. In the US you can find American flags everywhere; in the streets of course
but also on people’s cars, houses and even mobile phone cases.”
These exquisite vintage Cartier pieces, all early 2002, have many layers to treasure. “I like jewelry that can tell someone a story,”
Weil confides. Most of the vintage and antique jewels he deals with are one-of-a-kind, and very often handcrafted. “These pieces
feature fine quality gemstones and definitely tell a story, especially when they are signed by a well-known jewelry house like Cartier. “ Note: Feature piece is Cartier 18k yellow gold American Flag brooch with round diamonds, rubies, and French buff cut sapphires. Credit: Weil Jewelry
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