Mysterious, infamous, magnificent, cursed, exciting,
the most famous diamond ever.
As legend goes it was plucked from the eye of an idol
in India in the 17th Century by a thief that was later murdered for it.
Held by Tavernier until sold to the King of France, Louis the XV for an enormous amount of gold. Passed to King Louis XVI and Marie Antoniette, we all know that outcome. To King George IV, who lost it to pay off tremendous debt. To Henry Phillip Hope, it's namesake
who had no heirs. Passed to his eldest nephew
Henry Thomas Hope who sold it pay off gambling debts.
Then to Evalyn Walsh McClean by way of Cartier who had
now fashioned it into the incredible necklace it is today.
She never took it off and the curse continued, with the death of her eldest son, in a car accident, her daughter committed suicide at 25, and her dear husband declared insane. Sold in 1949 to Harry Winston, again to pay off debt, it was donated to the Smithsonian Institute where it is now displayed. I personally photographed it and it appeared as a flash of light, from every angle I shot. I do believe it has magical power.
Emerald and diamond ring. Signed with the earlier mark and 18K this very elegant ring will surely put a smile on anyone's face. The Emerald
has the structure of one from Colombia, it has exceptional color and clarity, although the telltale inclusions under the microscope speak to it's natural origin. The diamonds are VS1, D color, the princess cuts are perfectly matched for cut, color and clarity. The ring is solid and handmade. The emerald is approximately one carat, the diamond weight over one carat. To make a ring of this quality at today's prices would be over 10,000. Please call me to discuss. The ring is currently a size 6.5 It could be sized slightly either way.
He honed his skills as an artist from boyhood, through painting and sculpting and later through teaching
fine arts. As a form of experimentation he tried his hand at jewelry. His early
efforts were met with immediate
success and in 1974 the designer started
selling work to the most prominent
retailers on 5th Avenue including
Bondanza's designs are complex combinations. With each design achieving harmony. Nothing is ever
random, each aspect is a deliberate.
He approaches each design as if it were a moveable piece of sculpture.
He is driven by the desire to create something new and unique more than
looking for commercial success. He designs what he wants, not thinking whether it will sell. He admits to being
a perfectionist, which is why you will find him most days at the bench. His
ability to make a piece from start to
finish is vital to the creative process.
I have always admired his work. The quality sets it apart as well as the
artistic vision. His pieces are easily
recognized and stand alone.
I hope to feature more of his items
in the future. My joy in life is enjoying
the creations of God and man. Not to
wear it, but just to look at it and keep
it for the next generation.
Artist Sculptor Jeweler
Artistic perfection rather than commercial success is the major influence behind the creations of this
brilliant American designer. He has
achieved both, as his wearable sculptures
have been commissioned for museum
exhibitions as well as story bracelets
that have sold as high as 100,000.