Seaman Schepps featured in “Emerald: Twenty-One Centuries of Jewelled Opulence and Power.”

World Renowned Jewelry Specialist, Joanna Hardy, collaborates to write “Emerald: Twenty-one Centuries of Jewelled Opulence and Power.” A Seaman Schepps Emerald, Moonstone, Rock Crystal, and Diamond Bracelet, previously in Andy Warhol’s collection of jewels, is featured in this tome, an homage to the beautiful Emerald gemstone.

Emerald by Violette

Clues from the Past

Seaman Schepps original rendering for a bracelet in Andy Warhol's collectionA Seaman Schepps bracelet found in Andy Warhol's secret stash of jewels

A few months ago, we posted about the Seaman Schepps bracelets discovered in Andy Warhol’s secret stash of jewels and watches. Look what was found in our archive of original renderings! It looks like this bracelet of diamond studded engraved stars and ruby accented hinges was originally designed for Mrs. Ernest Horvath. I wish I knew the story of how it ended up in Andy Warhol’s collection. Regardless, how fantastic is it to be able trace the design back to its origin? Pretty darn fantastic, I’d say.

Andy Warhol’s Secret

“The recent discovery of jewelry in a storage room in Andy Warhol’s townhouse came as an enormous surprise to everyone. After all, prior to the auction last spring of The Andy Warhol Collection, the principal rooms of the house had been completely emptied. Everything had been thoroughly and exhaustively searched. We were certain that nothing had been overlooked. But Andy outwitted us.

Andy Warhol at the Factory by Horst P. Horst, 1972

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Doris Duke

Doris Duke wearing Seaman Schepps bracelet and ring

Here’s a photo of Miss Duke from 1953, wearing her Schepps citrine cabochon bracelet and ring suite, made for her in December of 1940. At that time, the price was $500! The pairing with a crisp white shirt is absolute perfection.

The set was part of the Christie’s “Magnificient Jewels from the Doris Duke Collection” auction in 2004. (Click on images to enlarge.)

Doris Duke's Seaman Schepps citrine bracelet and ring at Christie's

To see some of her other Schepps’ pieces, see our previous post.