|In 1936 Daisy Fellowes, heiress to the Singer sewing machine fortune, was terribly upset that financial reversals brought about by the Great Depression had forced her to sell her yacht.|
She treated herself to a little something from Cartier. She bought a necklace mounted with a fringe of emerald, sapphire, and ruby beads; engraved ruby and sapphire leaves; and 13 briolette-shaped sapphires. Daisy's necklace became known as the Tutti Frutti and she set off the craze for Art Deco jewels.
|Fast-forward 80 years: A young woman wanders into the Fred Leighton vintage jewelry shop on Madison Avenue, New York. A flash of color catches the proprietor's eye: She's wearing an original Tutti Frutti bracelet on her wrist, a gift from her mother-in-law.|
Thirty years ago it was valued at $15,000. Today, the same piece (100 were produced) can run as much as $1 million.
Henry Picq, Paris
Cartier London Art Deco Diamond Ruby Clip 1937