The Ruby Jewel of the Month was formerly owned by Lady Lily Safra. Lady Safra was a bright yellow flower herself ("Safra" is an Arabic word, and the English translation is "something yellow") who was married to Edmond J. Safra (Arabic: ادموند يعقوب صفرا; August 6, 1932 – December 3, 1999) a Lebanese-Brazilian Jewish banker.
The Camellia Ruby Jewel was part of a collection of the Jewels of Hope: the Collection of Lily Safra.
Auctioned by Christie's in May 2012, proceeds exceeded all pre-sale estimates. Lily Safra herself also added to their value, as she was so dedicated to art and jewelry.
The Camellia flower was named after Joseph Kamel 1661 - 1706, a Moravian Jesuit who described botany of the island of Luzon in the Philippines. A flowering evergreen of the tea family, the Camellia flower is a native of China and Japan. The symmetrical beauty of the Camellia and it's long-lasting quality has been appreciated by young lovers as a token for expressing love for each other.
In Chinese flower meanings, the petals reflect the spirit of a lady and the holder of the petals ( the calyx) represents, the male as protector of the petals.
The Camellia is highly respected in Southwest China and is the national flower of the ancient southern kingdom of Dai Li. This land is marked by steep hills and raging rapids and the hills and valleys of the kingdom are transformed into a sea of ruby red and white in early spring.
The Camellia Ruby Jewel Broach is the curtain-raiser for July Jewel of the Month. The birthstone for July is Ruby. The broach was among 18 pieces by Joel Arthur Rosenthal JAR. As the Camellia Ruby Jewel demonstrates, JAR chooses exceptional gemstones and works around them to create works of art.
Auctioned at Christie's in Geneva on May the 14th, the sale was the largest single owner selection of pieces by JAR.
Felice Leiftinck, jewelry specialist at Christie's said the appeal was in the fact that JAR "is as much an artist as a jeweler and his pieces are colorful, eccentric, completely different from normal jewelry."
Looking at Camellia Ruby-Red Jewel, naturalized in this expressive three-dimensional piece, sharing similarities of form with the Brazilian Green Quartz Trumpet Flower and 1st Place Gemmy's Winner in 2011, one would have to agree with Felice Leiftinck.
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November Jewel-of-the-Month: Art Nouveau Whitby Jet Bracelet SOLD!
December Jewel-of-the-Month: French Georgian Sapphire Earrings SOLD!
December Jewel-of-the-Month-2: Platinum Diamond and Sapphire Ring SOLD!
January Jewel-of-the-Month: 18KT French Diamond & Emerald Ring SOLD!
February Jewel-of-the-Month: 15KT Victorian Bohemian Garnet Ring SOLD!
March Jewel-of-the-Month: 18KT Victorian Aquamarine Engagement Ring SOLD!
April Jewel-of-the-Month: 18KT Art Nouveau Platinum Antique Engagement Ring SOLD!
May Jewel-of-the-Month: Persian Gulf Natural Pearl Necklace SOLD!
June Jewel-of-the-Month: 18CT French Victorian Ivy Necklace
July Jewel-of-the-Month: Victorian Antique Cameo Jewelry
August Jewel-of-the-Month: Art Nouveau Dragonfly Precious Stones Brooch
September Jewel-of-the-Month: 1920s Platinum Vintage Brooch Loaded with 7.30 crt Brilliants!
October Jewel-of-the-Month: Victorian Archaeological Revival Necklace attributed to Fontenay
November Jewel-of-the-Month: Diana Princess of Wales, Engagement Ring Style
December Jewel of the Month 2009: 18K Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring
February Jewel of the Month 2010 SOLD
March & April Jewel of the Month SOLD
May & June Jewel of the Month SOLD
July Jewel of the Month 2010 | Tiffany Jewelry
August Jewel of the Month 2010 | Circular Jade Pendant - Famous Treasure!
September Jewel of the Month 2010 | Treasure of Vergina - Famous Treasure!
October Jewel of the Month 2010 | Emerald and Diamond Necklace by Jahan
October Jewel of the Month 2010 | Emerald and Diamond Necklace by Jahan ARABIC Translation
Christie's Auction - 27th October 2010 - SOLD!
November Jewel of the Month 2010 | Cartier Flamingo Diamond Clip
November Jewel of the Month 2010 | Cartier Flamingo Diamond Clip - ARABIC Translation
Sotheby's Auction - 30th November 2010 - SOLD!
December Jewel of the Month 2010 | GOLD AND ENAMEL 'AUTUMN' PENDANT, RENÉ LALIQUE, CIRCA 1898-1900
Sotheby's Auction - 9th December 2010 - SOLD!
April Jewel of the Month 2011| Art Deco Diamond Ring - SOLD!
May Jewel of the Month 2011| Cartier "Halo" Tiara
May Jewel of the Month 2011| Cartier "Halo" Tiara - ARABIC Translation
June Jewel of the Month 2011 | Verdura Onyx & Ruby Cuff
June Jewel of the Month 2011 | Verdura Onyx & Ruby Cuff - ARABIC Translation
August Jewel of the Month 2011 | "Bird on a Rock" - Jean Schlumberger
September Jewel of the Month 2011 | Cartier Tutti Frutti Bracelet
October Jewel of the Month 2011 | Bulgari Antique Coin Necklace
December Jewel of the Month 2011 | Elizabeth Taylor Collection
January Jewel of the Month 2012 | Gemmy's 1st Place Award Winner
March Jewel of the Month 2012 | Amphitrite in Aquamarine Cameo Carving
Jewels of the Month |ARABIC Translations
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