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Ella Gafter Ruby Sapphire Basket Brooch

US$29,000

About

The basket brooch features three flowers with oval cut faceted precious stones of fiery colors: ruby (2.35 carats), blue sapphire (2.83 carats), and yellow sapphire (1.96 carats). The base consists of custom cut paua shell with crystal, topped by black onyx. The design is complete with 1.30 of top quality diamonds (F-VVS). The brooch was entirely hand made in our own workshop in Naples by maestro Scalabri, according to a charming, original design by Ella Gafter. Please note the blue flower is set en tremblant, a complicated technique very seldom used today. The item is signed EG.

Details

  • Creator
  • Metal
    18k Gold
  • Stone
    Sapphire,Onyx,Crystal,White Diamond,Ruby
  • Stone Cut
    Brilliant Cut
  • Style
    Artist
  • Place of Origin
    Italy
  • Period
    21st Century
  • Date of Manufacture
    Unknown
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 75a1stDibs: LU802312242052

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    Ships From: New York, NY
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About the Designer

Ella Gafter

Even before Ella Gafter founded her namesake jewelry collection in 1982, she was a formidable presence in the jewelry industry.As a Rome-based gem dealer, Gafter sold pearls and precious stones to retailers and jewelers but was often dissatisfied with how they made use of the rare materials she worked so hard to source. Instead of grousing, she decided to design jewels that would do them justice, focusing primarily on pearls — akoya, Tahitian and South Sea. She explains her fascination with the lustrous marine treasures simply: “Every woman looks better with pearls than without.”Her daughter Talila Gafter, then an undergrad at Harvard, was her ally in getting the project off the ground. Together, they made the rounds to stores with Ella’s first efforts. “We had a little pouch with eight pieces and we sold everything,” Talila tells 1stDibs. After graduation, she “was involved one hundred percent” in building the company, whose pieces are handmade by master jewelers in Naples.The designer insists that her unwavering focus is the source of her success. “There’s no compromising for me,” she says. She’s been known to replace the pearls in a single piece time after time until she’s certain she’s achieved her ideal result. “A pearl you have to respect,” she explains. “You have to put it where it wants to sit.”Ella describes the collaboration with her daughter as a “partnership,” with each having her own domain. “I’m all fantasy; Talila is the concrete one,” she says. The company is now based in New York City, with Talila as its president while Ella is firmly at the helm of creative decisions. “I’ve never made a design suggestion to Ella,” says Talila. “Nobody does.”That forbearance has been earned, says Talila. “I admire that Ella doesn’t take no for an answer, her tenacity, her extraordinary ambition. She believes as long as there is life, there is a lot of beauty to create. She’s a force of nature.”Find Ella Gafter earrings, rings, necklaces and other jewelry on 1stDibs.
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