If you plan to spend time at jewelry auctions in Dania Beach, pretty soon you will see some common names and artists keep popping up: Tiffany & Co, Cartier, Van Cleef, Bvlgari and Piaget to name a few. And while you may be just happy with knowing their names and a few of their pieces, having a little bit more info and some extra fun facts can only help when it comes to making your purchase.
Tiffany & Co.
Established in 1837 by Charles Tiffany, the company originally sold stationery and fancy goods. The blue color synonymous with the brand came from the empress who was the wife of Napoleon the third. The color became officially known as pantone and remains so named and synonymous with the brand to this day. In addition, the company was the first one to offer a mail order catalog, originally just taking on stationery orders before Charles invented the engagement ring and the jewelry enterprise took off.
Started by another influential male, Alfred Cartier, he was the first one to use platinum in jewelry making. At the time it was an extremely expensive material and not one that a lot of people were willing to experiment with due to its cost. It was reserved for the rich until Cartier became instrumental in making it more accessible. In addition to starting platinum, Alfred Cartier was also the one to make the wristwatch popular for men, and the Cartier brand is synonymous with the Love Bracelet. To this day they continue to be a coveted piece of jewelry which are bought world over. While Cartier remained present in the business, he sold the New York store, and it was purchased not with money, but with a pearl necklace.
A French jewelry, watch and perfume company, Van Cleef & Arpels started in Paris, and today has become one of the most well-known brands worldwide. They created the “pink shirt of watches,” according to Forbes, which was a thin watch that men could easily pull in and out of their shirt. Today, the company is still famous for high-end watches that they make for both men and women, and are indeed sought out for that reason. They are also regularly sought after for their sale of the minaudiere, a gold, silver or platinum vanity case designed to hold jewelry and personal items for a woman.
Whether you are familiar with these brands, these items or the history of these companies, you no doubt have seen the amazing quality items they create and how much they are coveted all over the world. Now when you see them next time or hear excited bidders seeking to win a Van Cleef watch, you’ll know just exactly why!