Vintage Pierre Sterlé Diamond Earrings 18k Gold French

$11,500.00

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Pierre Sterlé
1950s
18 karat Yellow Gold, 18 karat White Gold
Diamond round brilliant cut F-G-H / VS1, 2.00 carats total
22.7 grams
1 ½” x 1” (4 x2 centimeters)
Sterlé Paris maker's mark, French hallmarks for 18 karat gold, serial number

An exquisite pair of vintage earrings by Pierre Sterlé. The earrings are made of 18k yellow and white gold and feature diamonds.
The earrings’ abstract and striking design was achieved through various goldsmith techniques, a hallmark of the Sterlé style. The yellow gold elements were made by applying a wax casting technique to create a free-form shape. The white gold icy “flames” are staged above the yellow gold parts and encrusted with diamonds.

The earrings whimsical, yet chic and graceful, look carries an amazing 3D appearance. These unique Sterle earrings were created to reflect a sophisticated taste of their owner. 

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    About Pierre Sterlé Brand

    In the 1940s, a sign above Pierre Sterlé jewelry atelier read “By appointments only.” As a renowned master jeweler, Sterlé exclusively created pieces for royalty and celebrities.

    Pierre Sterlé started to learn how to create jewelry from his uncle, a Parisian jeweler. When Pierre turned 29, he opened his own shop where he crafted jewels for Ostertag, Boucheron and Chaumet. That earned Sterlé a reputation as a skilled master and allowed him to develop his own style and vision. Sterlé prided himself on being independent from the big brands, known for turning metals and gems into poetic works of art.

    Pierre Sterle pieces were not limited by the rigidity of the materials he used.

    His jewelry making is characterized by its fluidity and movement, treating gold like fabric to create unique textures. His designs are highly engineered due to his technical expertise. He treated gold as if it was fabric, creating unusual textures. In 1957 he invited a new method of working with gold called “fil d’ange” or “angel wire” which were woven and knitted gold fibers. Since then, Sterle pieces became recognizable for their ropes and fringes. Asymmetrical shapes were his signature, as well as gorgeous brooches inspired by nature.

    Sterle won the De Beers Diamond Award, the most prestigious award for a jewelry designer, three years in a row, from 1953 through 1955.

    By the end of his career Piere Sterle sold his business to Chaumet and remained a consultant to the brand till the end of his life. Many jewelry pieces signed by Chaumet still reflect Sterlé’s incomparable aesthetic.

     

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