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Gift guide: 4 fine jewellery pieces for the woman in your life

A grasp of provenance differentiates the mere carat collector from those in the know.


    Amid the glossy facades of the jewellers in Paris’ Place Vendome is a workshop shrouded in mystery. Beyond its tinted black windows are wondrous jewels accessible only to a handful of elites. This is the atelier of JAR, named after its eponymous founder Joel Arthur Rosenthal. Known widely as the “Faberge of our time” by those in the know, Rosenthal was born in New York, and established his jewellery brand in 1977, 11 years after moving to Paris. Today, he has four workshops and makes only between 100 and 120 pieces a year (although reports vary). Famously reclusive, he rarely speaks to the press, and the only images of his works that you will find are from the rare exhibitions he has mounted at Somerset House in London, or at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art back in 2013. No two jewels he creates are the same, and each piece is lauded as a work of art.

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