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Emerald and diamond jabot pin, Raymond Yard, 1920s. Photo Sotheby's

Composed of two carved emerald beads, accented with single-cut and baguette diamonds, signed Yard. Estimate 4,000-5,000 GBP

NOTE: Raymond C. Yard began his jewellery career at the age of thirteen in 1898 at Marcus & Co rising through the ranks, learning all the aspects of the industry, from production to sales. Some 20 years after he first began his career s at Marcus & Co. Yard was the most sought after salesman on the floor, soon gaining the patronage of John D. Rockefeller Jr. who encouraged Yard to set out on his own.

Finally in 1922 Yard opened his first shop at 522 Fifth Avenue with a strong following thanks to Rockefeller’s promotion of Yard to his wealthy friends. Yard’s first major commission was for the Rockefeller wedding which was to set the course for his meteoric rise. He was soon to become one of the leading fashionable jewellers to the New York elite including members of the Woolworth, Flagler, DuPont, Harriman, and Vanderbilt families, as well as the movie stars Joan Crawford and Douglas Fairbanks.

Sotheby's. Fine Jewels. London | 11 juil. 2013, 10:30 AM - www.sothebys.com