Jar’s jewels, a mystery that has lasted for over 40 years: a myth protected from the lights that shines for its exceptional artistic genius ♦
It is easier to buy a Hermes kelly without reservation that a jewel of Jar on a waiting list. Not only because Joel Arthur Rosenthal from 1977 produces a maximum of 120 pieces per year: the real obstacle is pleasing as possible purchaser. In fact, the jeweler follows just one rule in his work: create what he wants, when he wants, for who he wants. So it happens that the jewel a customer want to buy, among his clientele there is Lily Safra, Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna, is not exactly what he believes look really good on them and he tries to convince of that. Needless to negotiate, take it or give.
But it seems worthwhile to stand his character, because a jewel of Jar is a safe investment, according to the auction prices of the last 20 years: in fact, the man has been called the Faberge of our time, has one of the highest proportions of sale of jewels auctioned (approximately 82%), with a double value than the estimates and above a revaluation over time, constant and growing. Knows something about this who purchased in 2002 for $ 41,000 (about 33 000 euro), Etoiles de Mer earrings, with natural pearls and diamonds, resold at an auction at Christie’s in 2014 for about $ 217,000, approximately 174 000 EUR: a revaluation of over 500%.
When, in 2006, the American actress Ellen Barkin is auctioning her jewelry including 17 pieces of Jar, the jeweler was already famous, but not yet a legend and the ring Gardenia with colorless diamonds reached $ 486,000 (390 thousand euro). The same ring, in 2014, was sold for 1.75 million dollars, equivalent to 1 million and 407 thousand euro. And what about the earrings with natural pearls, rubies and diamonds sold in 2012 for $ 30 000 (24 000 euro) and sold this year at Sotheby’s for $ 425,000 (about 350 000 euro)? The fact that Jar is the first living jeweller to be granted a retrospective at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, will no doubt impacted on prices. But it is certain that Rosenthal is considered one of the most talented high jeweler, a true innovator like Fulco Verdura. Matilde de Bounvilles