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On the rocks: These JAR ear pendants are the perfect OTT accessory for any occasion

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.

JAR ear pendants
These glorious JAR earrings are festooned with colourful floral motifs.

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.

JAR ear pendants
One ear pendant is mounted with a eye-popping tsavorite garnet.

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.

JAR ear pendants
A juicy Ceylon sapphire forms the focal point on the other side.

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.

(Photos: Christie’s)

Sara Yap
Deputy Director, Digital Operations (Asia)
Sara Yap is the Deputy Director of Digital Operations at BurdaLuxury, and a contributing writer to Lifestyle Asia’s dining and jewellery beats. When she’s not on the lookout for exciting new restaurants or bejewelled trinkets, she’s probably buried in a riveting read, or reminiscing the good ol’ days with her favourite playlist of ’90s boyband hits.
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