A very happy birthday to you, September babies! It also promises to be a very happy anniversary for those of you reaching your 5th and 45th years in marriage, as sapphires are the traditional gifting stone of choice for these years, as well as being September’s birthstone.
Of the corundum family, these incredibly hard little gemstones come in every color under the rainbow…EXCEPT for red. Once a sapphire becomes red, it is then officially classified as another famous stone: a ruby! The difference is in the color saturation: anything too pale pink must be classified as a pink sapphire, though some rubies can be a pinkish-red. The spectrum of ruby even plunges so deep as a dark burgundy, yet anything less red than this must be denied the title of “ruby.” This, however, leaves an entire spectrum of colors yet to span, and thusly, a great variety for sapphires to utilize!
‘Pink sapphires, you say?” Why, yes! Any non-blue sapphires, like the delicate violet and lemon hues found in this beautiful Eve ring, “True Balance,” are known as a fancy sapphires. Fancy sapphires are just as sapphire as their “true blue” counterparts, only they introduce a whole new spectrum of colors caused by small amounts of rogue trace elements in the corundum, such as iron, titanium, and chromium.
For striking and precious qualities such as their incredible durability and color, sapphires have also earned a place right in the middle of history. These stones have been seen in pop culture as recently as the 12 karat sapphire gracing the finger of the new Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton. The same ring also previously graced the royal finger of Princess Diana.
To learn more about sapphires, stay tuned! We here at the Eve Alfillé Gallery & Studio intend to celebrate this special stone all throughout the month of September in several enlightening installments.
A tale has recently unfolded at the Skinner Inc. Auction that bears all the hallmarks of a great story: mystery, romance, and betrayal. Three virtually unknown pieces of jewelry, created by Pablo Picasso in a private collection meant only for his family’s eyes, have been brought to the public for the first time by supermodel and actress, Carole Mallory.
Carole received these pieces from the Picasso family while engaged to Claude Picasso, Pablo’s son. They were gifted to Carole during their engagement by Françoise Gilot, Claude’s mother, before their betrothal was broken off by Claude after four years.
Gilot was famously Picasso’s lover and muse for nearly ten years, meeting when she was just 21 and he 61. Together they had both Claude and his sister, Paloma. Gilot decided to divorce her then-husband in order to marry Picasso, thusly legitimating their children, but little did she know that by then he had already married another woman in secret. Despite a tumultuous romantic life, she was a hugely successful and illustrious artist, art critic, professor, and a costume and set designer for the Guggenheim of New York. She later married Jonas Salk, inventor of the polio vaccine.
The jewelry items themselves were created by Picasso as a part of a small series of one-of-a-kind pieces that were then cast into silver and gold by his dentist. The first piece, a silver satyr, represents a very popular design motif often seen in his work. Also included is a brooch with an etched profile of his son Claude while still a boy. A third disc pendant includes a design of the sun. According to Eve, there is no doubt that these are pieces of Picasso’s work: “There is a playfulness and an elemental quality that only such a master could summon,” she states.
Modestly estimated to sell between 15,000 to 20,000 each, these pieces raised a predictably large buzz among art enthusiasts and collectors alike, hiking the final bids up to a total sale of $386,250. Both Carole and representatives of Skinner reported being pleased that all three pieces have remained together with a single buyer.
“A fourth-floor walkup on a quiet street in Paris. A child is playing with blocks on the floor while a radio is playing. She is Aimee, (ay-may), later called Violette, a small, quiet, brown-haired child with wide eyes.
Sound: a man is ranting, screaming at a high pitch. A crowd roars, again and again, in successive waves. The windows rattle. Somebody swiftly crosses the floor, switches off the sound. It is 1940.”
- Act 1 in Eve Alfillé’s eleven-part narrative, “Alone Together”
We cordially invite you to the opening reception of “Alone Together” at the Eve J. Alfillé Studio & Gallery celebrating a new series of stunning jewelry by Eve. The collection will feature items inspired by the life and times of Aimee, the fictional heroine of Eve’s stunning eleven-part narrative.
Our celebration will feature musical stylings by classical guitarist Sean McMahon, as well as hors d’oeuvres, potent potables and sweet treats.
Please join us on Saturday, May 3, from Noon – 6pm
at the Eve J. Alfillé Studio & Gallery
623 Grove Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Everybody is invited! Please RSVP to 847-869-7920 or contact@EveJewelry.com