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September 25, 2010updated Feb 13, 2013

Jar Ear Pendants Up For Auction At Christie’s

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

New York, NY – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine

A pair of opulent earrings cut and designed for actress Ellen Barkin by jeweler Joel Rosenthal, known as JAR, will be on the auction block at Christie’s in “Jewels: The New York Sale” on October 20.

Mounted in silver and 18K rose gold, the ear pendants are studded with an elongated oval-cut Imperial topaz, which is dotted by glittering clusters of circular rubies. These earrings were part of another Christie’s sale in 2006, which featured Ellen Barkin’s personal jewelry collection and included 17 JAR pieces. It brought in over $20 million.

This was not a surprise, considering that Rosenthal, who has been hailed as “the Fabergé of the late 20th century,” presents only 60 to 70 hand-made pieces every year and can spend months and even years on the hunt for the right stone.

Additional jewelry on offer includes vintage and contemporary ornaments from Boucheron, Bulgari, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels and Mauboussin, whose Art Deco multi-gem enamel and diamond “Tutti Frutti” sautoir is estimated at $800,000 to $1,200,000.

The estimated price of the JAR ear pendants is $300,000 to $500,000. Viewings are available from October 16 to 19.

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