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The famously reclusive Paris-based jewelry designer JAR (Joel Arthur Rosenthal) has been called “the single greatest jeweler of our time”. David Bennett, the chairman of Sotheby’s Geneva states “In terms of creativity, JAR is without peers”. His shop in Paris’ Place Vendome has no display window, no regular hours, and it never advertises. To open JAR’s door you need only an introduction, from someone in the know. For the 30 years he has been making jewelry, Rosenthal has developed a near ‘cult-like’ following of clients, dealers and collectors. It is said that there are only 250 women in the world actually possess a piece. Elizabeth Taylor & Gwyneth Paltrow are among his select group of ‘A-list’ clients. His focus is on pavé, a technique for setting small stones so close together that they form a veritable pavement of jewels. His settings are so finely wrought as to be virtually invisible, and gradations of color progress from subtle to vivid. Unlike other jewelers, he uses a dark metal alloy for the settings to highlight the gems’ color. Only twice has Rosenthal displayed his jewels to the public. His waiting list a mile long… with an even longer list of people pining to get on the waiting list. Which may be why his jewelry usually sells for well above estimates when it appears at auction; that’s the only time JAR jewelry is immediately available to those who can pay the price. His one-of-a-kind jewels have fetched as much as $4.3 million at auction! 

Description: TRUE FIRST EDITION bound in pink silk over boards, and housed in matching pink silk covered clam shell box. Published on the occasion of the landmark exhibition ‘The Jewels of Jar, Paris’ exhibition held by Sommerset House, London 2002-2003. The book contains 397 designs covering the period 1987-2002, beautifully photographed on black backgrounds with text in English by Joel Rosenthal and Pierre Jeannet. JAR (Joel Arthur Rosenthal) was founded in 1977. The reclusive Paris-based jewelry designer works to the highest standards using traditional methods of craftsmanship, yet constantly pushing technique beyond its limits, to allow for increasingly unusual and beautiful pieces. Each is unique, made of precious and semi-precious stones mounted in rare and unusual metals, the stones themselves dictating the style of the piece. Some minor soiling and shelf wear, otherwise with interior clean and binding tight. A must-have book for all dealers, collectors and lovers of jewelry. VERY RARE!

Bookseller Inventory # 32540


JAR Paris
Rosenthal, Joel Arthur; Jeannet, Pierre

Publisher: Art Books International, London
Publication Date: 2002
Binding: Hard bound in pink silk, and housed in matching pink silk covered clam shell box.
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: True First edition


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