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Art Deco Mother of Pearl and Natural Pearl White Tie Set, Cartier, 1920.
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Art Deco Mother of Pearl and Natural Pearl White Tie Set, Cartier, 1920.

$129.00 per day

Art Deco 14k yellow gold octagonal double link mother of pearl plaque cufflinks set with seed pearls in an engraved platinum surround, four shirt studs and three vest buttons en suite, Cartier, 1920.

$129.00 per day

Mother of Pearl Mother of pearl, or nacre, is the iridescent lining of pearl producing mollusks. It is also the same material that makes up the outer layer of the pearl itself. Use of mother of pearl in adornments dates back to 2600 BC, and pieces have been found in King Tutankhamen’s Tomb as well as in artifacts from the Shang Dynasty in China.

Natural Pearl A natural pearl is formed when an oyster’s defense mechanism is triggered by a microscopic irritant such as sand, causing it to produce protective layers called nacre, which develop into a pearl. Natural pearls form without human intervention. The earliest written account of natural pearls dates back to 2206 BC and they have been coveted for their natural beauty ever since. Due to pollution, over-harvesting and predators, natural pearls are very rare. Pearls can occur in every hue and their main, or bodycolor, is often modified by overtones, which can be pink, green, purple, or blue. Pearls can also exhibit iridescence, or ‘orient.’ A seed pearl is a small natural pearl, formed in either a saltwater oyster or freshwater mussel, that is usually less than 2mm in diameter. Pearl is a June birthstone.

Art Deco The name is a shortening of the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industrials Modernes, held in Paris in 1925, used to represent the period from the 1920s to the 1930s. Art Deco jewelry style, in following with the rise of the machine age, emphasizes symmetry and geometry in design, typically with simple, repeated geometric patterns. In additional to natural pearl, the typical stone use in jewelry of this period is diamond, onyx, sapphire, emerald and coral, cut into geometric shapes reflecting advances in cutting. Cartier in France is a leading house of the period, and American houses including Tiffany and Company also produced exceptional pieces during this era.

Cartier “The jeweller of kings and the king of jewelers," Cartier was founded in 1847 in Paris by Louis-François Cartier , and remained a family business until 1964. Cartier has produced jewelry for royal families worldwide, as well as clients including Princess Grace, Elizabeth Taylor, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Jean Cocteau.

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This glowing mother of pearl 1920s Cartier full white tie set is as formal as it gets, ready to go out for state dinners, balls and galas,the Nobel Prize banquet in Stockholm, and the most traditional of weddings. You know you will look your best.

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