Vintage Tiffany & Co diamond tulip brooch by Jean Schlumberger
This Tiffany & Co diamond tulip brooch was designed by the eminent Jean Schlumberger. Creating jewellery for such people as Greta Garbo, Jacqueline Kennedy and Frank Gehry, he designed the famous “Bird on a rock”, a diamond set bird brooch siting on top of the famous 128.54 carat Tiffany diamond.
A brief history on Jean Schlumberger as taken from the Tiffany & Co website:
As one of the 20th centuryâ€™s most gifted artists, Jean Schlumberger is renowned for his fantastical creations infused with wit and curiosity. With extraordinary gemstones as his palette, he transformed natureâ€™s wonders into objects of mesmerizing beauty, and strong, sculptural designs into magnificent bejeweled statements-unrivaled in the world of jewellery design.
Born into a prominent family of textile manufacturers in Alsace, France, Jean Schlumberger (1907â€“1987) eventually landed in New York City. In 1956 he was hired by Tiffany & Co. Chairman Walter Hoving as a Vice President of the company. A special design studio and salon were decorated to the designerâ€™s specifications, and with an unlimited supply of the finest colored stones now at his fingertips, Schlumberger created some of the most incredible jewelry designs of his career.
As a superb draftsman, Schlumberger began each design with a drawing to discover the purity and grace of the natural forms that caught his eye. He also often traveled to Bali, India and Thailand to fire his imagination, which influenced the energetic and dynamic quality of his work.
As a passionate innovator, Schlumberger has received numerous honors and awards in the world of art and fashion. He was the first jewellery designer to win the coveted Coty American Fashion Criticsâ€™ Award in 1958; and the MusĂ©e des Arts DĂ©coratifs in Parisâ€”which houses Schlumbergerâ€™s original designsâ€”honored him with a retrospective entitled â€śUn Diamant dans la Villeâ€ť in 1995. This posthumous tribute marked only the third time a jewellery designer had been honored by the museum.
In his later years, Jean Schlumberger returned to Paris, the city that awakened his artistic soul. He died in 1987, at the age of 80, leaving a legacy of bejeweled creations of wonder and magnificence.