03 June 2014

Jewels by Schlumberger

 Jean Michel Schlumberger (June 24, 1907 – August 29, 1987) was a French jewelry designer especially well known for his work at Tiffany & Co.

Schlumberger began his career creating buttons for Elsa Schiaparelli in the 1930s. Schiaparelli later commissioned him to design costume jewelry for her firm.

After serving in World War II, Schlumberger came to New York and began to design clothing for Chez Ninon. In 1946, he opened a jewelry salon with his business partner Nicolas Bongard (1908–2000).

In 1956, the president of Tiffany & Co., Walter Hoving, asked Schlumberger to begin designing for the firm. He had his own workshop at the company until his retirement in the late 1970s and was eventually made a Vice-President.

Schlumberger's designs at Tiffany & Co. were remarkable for their whimsical interpretations of natural forms. He was especially inspired by sea creatures and other animals. Diana Vreeland wrote that Schlumberger "appreciates the miracle of jewels. For him, they are the ways and means to the realization of his dreams." *

18 karat gold and sapphire ring, Schlumberger for Tiffany and Co.

18 karat gold and sapphire ring, Schlumberger for Tiffany and Co.

18 karat gold, colored stone and enamel fish brooch, Schlumberger for Tiffany and Co.

18 karat gold, demantoid garnet and turquoise "Berry" brooch, Schlumberger for Tiffany and Co.

18 karat gold, platinum, and diamond "Tulip" necklace, Schlumberger for Tiffany and Co., France.

18 karat gold, platinum, and diamond "Tulip" necklace, Schlumberger for Tiffany and Co., France.

18 karat gold, platinum, and diamond brooch and earclips, Schlumberger for Tiffany and Co., France.

18 karat gold, platinum, amethyst, emerald and diamond "Vignie" necklace, Schlumberger for Tiffany and Co.

18 karat gold, platinum, amethyst, emerald and diamond "Vignie" necklace, Schlumberger for Tiffany and Co.

18 karat gold, platinum, amethyst, turquoise and diamond ring, Schlumberger for Tiffany and Co., France.

18 karat gold, emerald, ruby, sapphire, and diamond earrings, Schlumberger for Tiffany and Co.

19 karat gold, platinum, diamond and emerald brooch, Schlumberger for Tiffany and Co., France.

18 Karat Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Colored Stone 'Gazelle' Brooch, Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co.

18 karat gold, platinum, diamond, emerald, and sapphire brooch, Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co., circa 1960.

*Schlumberger biography courtesy of Wikipedia.