A pair of fire opal and gem-set earclips, Robert Wander
Lot 93
A pair of fire opal and gem-set earclips, Robert Wander
Sold for US$ 6,710 inc. premium
Auction Details
Fine Jewellery New York
15 Jun 2011 12:00 EDT

Auction 19241
Lot Details
Property from various owners
A pair of fire opal and gem-set earclips, Robert Wander
centering a cushion-shaped cabochon fire opal with prongs of pavé-set diamonds within a surround of pavé-set orange sapphires, yellow sapphires and tsavorite garnets; signed WINC; estimated total fire opal weight; 50.70 carats; estimated total colored sapphire weight: 4.05 carats; estimated total tsavorite weight: 3.75 carats; mounted in eighteen karat gold; length: 7/8in.


  • In 2007 Robert Wander won the AGTA Spectrum Award for the Best Use of Color. Clearly he is a jeweler who places a premium on color, a fundamental starting place where all of his designs emanate from. Beyond the color of a gemstone, Wander gathers inspiration from the identifying characteristics of the gemstone and will enhance the shape and beauty by "mirror" and "surface" cutting of the stone so that these unique qualities are highlighted. Finally he creates a one-of-a-kind mounting to showcase these qualities, and so often they too add additional color and dimension.

    While Robert Wander received his formal training in Paris, he resisted joining the family business, both his father and grandfather were jewelers, and his path to jewelry designing was less than direct. Although he spent fifteen years running the fine jewelry department at Swakowitz in Texas , Wander longed for a sense of adventure. Departing entirely from the world of jewelry, Wander moved to Florida to become captain of a marlin boat. This experience enhanced his perspective, which, after several skips and jumps, brought him to Hawaii where he re-entered the world of jewelry.

    The designs in his collections are notoriously bold and colorful, textured and unique. The equation of classical bench training, business acumen, wanderlust, and his free spirit have made his work noteworthy and sought-after. The examples that appear in this sale are testament to his masterful ability.
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