Ann Getty, wife of billionaire Gordon Getty, was born in 1941. She studied biology and anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, which led to her lifelong interest in science, travels and diverse cultures around the world. Although she passed away in 2020, Getty’s life and work helped shape her incredible jewelry collection, especially her pieces by Joel Arthur Rosenthal (JAR).
Daphne Lingon, Head of Jewelry at Christie’s Americas, said in a press release: “Ann Getty was a scientist by training whose personal JAR collection reflected her innate curiosity and impeccable taste for jewelry that was both beautifully designed and evoked memories of her family and her research trips abroad, her jewelry tells the story of a woman in search of ideal beauty and a lifelong appreciation of artisans.
From June 8, Christie’s is offering 12 JAR jewels from the estate of Ann Getty as the highlight of their live auction of Magnificent Jewels. Getty’s JAR jewelry collection is one of the largest and most important private collections to ever go to auction and is expected to fetch $1.5 million. This collection includes a tulip brooch, which is a nod to Getty’s Dutch heritage; a zebra brooch, which evokes his numerous anthropological digs across Africa; a fleur-de-lys brooch, which testifies to his respect for craftsmen and craftsmen; and numerous flora-inspired pieces, which allude to Getty’s love of botany and his mother’s gardens.
JAR jewelry is special for several reasons. For starters, Joel Arthur Rosenthal only produces around 70 pieces each year, making them highly sought after by celebrities, tastemakers and collectors around the world. JAR is known for combining unusual gemstones and non-traditional materials and experimenting with bold colors, sculptural shapes and varying proportions.
These collectible works of art evoke 18th and 19th century design and are influenced by history, architecture, textiles, art and nature. While the pieces are defined by their signature pavé stones, JAR is also known for using single-cut diamonds, or diamonds cut with only eight facets on the table and eight on the pavilion. This type of old fashioned cut creates a much softer shine and offers a subtle nod to the history of diamond cutting.
Other pieces included in this auction include jewelry from Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Co., Bulgari, Cartier, Harry Winston, and more. There is also a 103 carat, flawless, D-color “Light of Africa” diamond included in the auction. To see the full collection or learn more about how to bid on any of the items, visit Christie’s.