In the realm of accessories, earrings have got to be among the most fuss-free. Wearing an understated outfit? A flamboyant pair of statement earrings will instantly add pizzazz. Heading out for a black tie dinner? You can’t go wrong with a pair of simple diamond studs or pearls. And if you’re seeking something a little edgier, ear cuffs are a foolproof, rockstar-worthy solution. With the recent return of ’90s trends such as chokers and handkerchief tops, we’ve also been gleefully breaking out our favourite hoop earrings.
Compared to elaborate jewels the likes of convertible necklaces, hidden watches, and rings embedded with secret messages, we’ve always found earrings relatively straightforward and uncomplicated. That is, until this pair of JAR (Joel Arthur Rosenthal) earrings popped up on the auction block.
Slated to go under the hammer at Christie’s New York Magnificent Jewels sale on 6 December, these wondrous jewels are described as “ear pendants” — which is pretty apt, considering how unapologetically massive they are. Designed to resemble bouquets, both earrings are crafted with floral-shaped motifs in the shapes of violets, forget-me-nots, lilies of the valley and lilac. These are mounted with a glistening assortment of gemstones such as purple and yellow sapphires, circular-cut amethysts, green garnets, black spinels, and single-cut diamonds.
One earring features an oval-cut, 58.50-carat Ceylon sapphire, while the other side an oval-cut, 42.85-carat East Africa tsavorite garnet. Both are set in blackened 18k gold, silver and aluminium, and adorned with French assay marks.
When worn, they hang from the ears in a beautifully vibrant cluster of purple, blue and silver flowers. The earrings are signed JAR, Paris, and come presented in the brand’s pink leather case.
Not much is known about the provenance of these ear pendants, apart from the fact that they once belonged to “a lady of title“. But we really don’t mind, considering how gorgeous and unabashedly over-the-top these jewels are. If you’re keen on splurging, be prepared to shell out between S$1,348,100 to S$2,022,150.