Pair of pendant ear rings
Cartier Paris, ordered in 1963
Platinum, white gold, yellow gold, diamonds, emeralds, black enamel, 5.20 x 1.89 cm
Geneva, Collection Cartier, Inventory no EG 28 A63

Both cut emeralds originate from a brooch once worn by Daisy Fellowes in 1939. Initially mounted as a hat pin, they were refashioned in 1945 by Cartier London, which added to them drops set with diamonds to serve as ornaments for the clasp of a pearl necklace. Her daughter, the Countess of Castéja, had them finally refashioned by Cartier Paris into pendant ear rings in 1963.

Margueritte Séverine Philippine was born in 1890 in Paris into a wealthy noble family. Her mother was the very wealthy heiress of the Singer sewing machine fortune. At 20 years of age, she will marry Prince Jean de Broglie. After the death of her husband 1918, she marries again in 1919, this time to Reginald Fellowes. Daisy Fellowes was frequently referred to in the newspapers during the years 1920 and 1930 as "the most elegant woman in the world". This Parisian woman possessed remarkable taste, courage, was sports-minded, had a sense of humour, and was an author. Her distinctive qualities gave her the reputation of being the force that set the fashion trends when she became, as of 1933, the fashion editor at Harper's Bazaar. She would become known for her jewellery collection, to such a degree that journalists would invariably refer to her as the last word in fashion.  She had an especially pronounced liking for Hindu-style jewellery, as exemplified by the grand necklace that had already been put on display by AWDC in the course of a previous exhibition. It is said that she wore this jewel only once, at the masked ball of Carlos de Beistegui in Venice in 1951.

The bracelet, drapery style, of Cleef & Arpels and ordered during the nineteen twenties by Daisy Fellowes has been reintroduced by the Jewellery House and remains in vogue until the present day.


 

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