A diamond, ruby and eighteen karat gold bangle bracelet, Valentin Magro,
Lot 41
A diamond, ruby and eighteen karat gold bangle bracelet, Valentin Magro,
Sold for US$ 26,840 inc. premium
Auction Details
Fine Jewellery New York
15 Dec 2010 12:00 EST

Auction 18413
Lot Details
Property from the estate from Joy Bogen (Lots 39-41)
A diamond, ruby and eighteen karat gold bangle bracelet, Valentin Magro, 2004
the hinged bangle centering two addorsed snakes, pavé-set throughout with round brilliant-cut diamonds, and accentuated with oval cabochon ruby eyes; signed Valentin Magro; estimated total diamond weight: 27.50 carats; diameter: 2 1/4in.


    Valentin Magro, artist and designer, is renowned for creating
    distinctive jewels for his private patrons. His creations, while each
    unique, share his signature elements; the harmonious relationship
    of color, nature, and balance, typically whimsical and bold, they
    intentionally reflect the personality and lifestyle of the wearer.
    Born on Malta, Magro immigrated to the United States at eighteen,
    to study architectural and structural engineering. Innately interested
    in spatial relationships, and skilled draftsman, he was afflicted with
    wanderlust, which caused him to change his direction and become
    what he is today, a designer, master jeweler, and an artist. Eventually
    settling in New York, and working for the venerable houses of Tiffany
    & Company, David Webb and Harry Winston, he honed his craft
    manufacturing high-end jewelry to an art. Today, he designs and
    manufactures his own creations. Typically working hand in hand with
    a patron he starts by offering several design ideas, making seven or
    eight drawings displaying various adaptations of a theme. Then they
    narrow down the selection to three drawings. From there, the stones
    and metals are chosen; undoubtedly color, saturation, liveliness, shape
    and size are of utmost importance. Once these details are finalized, a
    model is created and examined for perfection. Balance and harmony
    are vital to all Magro's creations, as is the meticulous setting, polishing
    and intricate bench work utilized in the final work.
    The three designs on this page all display the predisposition
    towards a whimsical nature theme, each created for client and
    friend, Joy Bogen, the famous Metropolitan Opera soprano. Magro
    was successful in capturing her fondness for snakes in this large
    voluptuous bangle. For this commission, it took several months to
    create the perfect balance of black and white space of the snake's
    skin, as well as an elaborately engineered hinged band. The
    adorable and life sized mahogany frog brooch needed additional
    brilliance to reflect the lifestyle of Ms. Bogen, so Magro speckled the
    reptile body with numerous diamonds emulating water droplets. To
    the opal fish brooch, Bogen was attracted to Magro's amusing paveset
    starfish and golden pearl nestled amidst lush reef life.
    These remarkable creations, which are so inimically and unmistakably
    Magro, are beautifully and thoughtfully crafted. They are bold,
    individual and fanciful jewels which exemplify the genius of an artist.
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