Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Amazing Jean Schlumberger

Fifty four years ago today, Jean Schlumberger signed on to work at Tiffany & Co., becoming one of the best known jewelry designers of the twentieth century. He had a love for nature and sea creatures and when given the materials Tiffany & Co. offered in gems, he was able to unleash the full range of his colorful imagination. The above picture is his "Bird on a Rock" pin. It came in many different stones and sizes. His designs were unbelievably popular in the fifties and sixties and all the fashionable ladies were seen wearing them.

Babe Paley in her Starfish pin

Elizabeth Taylor in her Dolphin brooch

C.Z. Guest in her Schlumberger necklace

and Holly Golightly a.k.a. Audrey Hepburn in her Schlumberger splendour.

When working at the Bal Harbour Tiffany & Co., I have mentioned before that I spent a lot of time trying jewelry on. I used my "other" key on my keyring and opened up those displays trying on engagement rings (just so I could be prepared) and other delights. My favorite Schlumberger pieces were the 16 Stone ring-which I had every intention of buying myself with my discount..but it didn't happen...

...and the famous enamel bracelets. There were so many to choose from, in all different color combinations and stones. They were a favorite of Jackie Kennedy..she wore hers so often that they were known as the "Jackie Bracelets". They are a little pricey, which is why you don't see too many people stacking them up. I have seen pictures of Sarah Jessica Parker wearing a white enamel one, she has great taste! I think I would like green with turquoise stones please.

His dazzling designs always had vibrant color combinations and a whimsical yet sophisticated feel to them. His designs are still as popular today as they were when he first started. One day I know I will be wearing that 16 Stone ring for sure!!!!


QueenBeeSwain said...

LOVE this post and I want to be your twin and have a 16 stone ring as well- so so chic!


Whitney and the Preppy Puppy said...

I loved looking at all the pretty baubles. My grandmother had several of the rope rings. Sadly, my sister has since snagged them.

The Pink Tutu said...

What gorgeous photos and jewels! Sparklies = happiness.

CDS said...

how i would love to stack those bangles high and have a collection of the pins. love it! you do such a fun job with your blog. xo

Pink Martini said...

Just found your blog and love this post. One of my favorite books is of Liz and all her jewels. I love seeing all the beautiful details of the pieces. So beautiful and an expression of the artists.

bb4mich said...

my favorite blog post yet!!! i so loved it i forwarded it to my hubby!