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Following and exploring trends and fashions, in jewelry, clothing, luxury accessories and beyond, from some of the biggest names in fashion, through to classic design pieces.
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"Jewelry and fashion live from the inspiration of their creators. Whether extravagant, classic or vintage, haute couture, like haute jewelry, is an expression of art and reflects the cultural zeitgeist."
Fabian Markus, Head of Jewelry & Fashion Department
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About the Jewelry & Fashion Department
In our auctions, jewelry from big international brands like Cartier, Bulgari, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton and Hermès sits alongside vintage fashion and accessories from all classic designers of the last century, such as Yves Saint Laurent, Dior and Chanel. The main task of our department is the professional and fair valuation and acquisition of jewelry and vintage fashion, which is suitable for our auctions. For this purpose, our experts travel extensively, both at home and abroad, to regularly evaluate pieces, or even an entire collection in person at the customer's location.
It is an innate desire, not just for humans but throughout much of the animal and natural world, to use bright objects to show off, and to attract others. Throughout history, jewelry has played an important part in society, with many different uses among cultures. From the earliest bead and shell jewelry, through sophisticated jewelry-making in Ancient Egypt, to modern commercial jewelry, humanity has been adorning itself with precious materials for around 100,000 years.
Jewelry and fashion are social signifiers; they are a way in which we present ourselves to the outside world. They are also common throughout all levels of society, and across cultures. It can also be a way to store wealth, particularly jewelry, and have been used as such in numerous cultures for many years.
Some of the most well-known brands in the world are those which deal in fashion and jewelry. Names like Cartier, Bulgari, Montblanc, JAR and Tiffany & Co are universally known and revered, and the rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces they produce are admired and desired in equal measure.
Although clothes have been an ostentatious yet practical way for people to dress themselves for thousands of years, modern fashion design dates back to the 19th century. Charles Frederick Worth was the first designer to have his label sewn into the garments that he created, beginning a trend of ‘fashion houses’ run by individual designers and inventing the concept of haute couture.
The history of fashion begins in Paris, and in fact remained there for a long time. Throughout the early 20th century, practically all high fashion originated in Paris and to a lesser extent London. However, as the century progressed, and particularly from the 1960s onwards, fashion fragmented and spread all over the world. There would no longer be just one prevailing trend, but a multitude of movements originating in cities worldwide. Fashion is famously never finished.
Accessories have always been an important part of fashion. In Victorian fashion, accessories such as fans, parasols and gloves held significance for how women experienced gender, race and class. In the 20th century, accessories became far more democratized, but also more varied. Designer bags became as important as a string of pearls, and bangles, often inlaid with gemstones, became a cheap and easy adornment.
Men are not quite as well-served in the world of fashion and jewelry as women, but one item which is a popular accessory for men is the fountain pen. Fountain pens date back to 1827, with their invention by the Romanian inventor Petrache Poenaru, though similar writing instruments date back perhaps even to the 10th century. Though they have largely fallen out of general use, they are still widely collected and viewed as a luxury accessory, particularly those form manufacturers such as Montblanc and Caran d’ache.