The jewelry world is all abuzz with the upcoming sale at Christie’s on May 14: “Jewels for Hope: The Collection of Mrs. Lily Safra”, which includes the largest single owner selection of jewels by JAR ever seen at auction. The Lily Safra Foundation will donate the entire proceeds of the sale to 20 charitable institutions. Furthermore, any proceeds above $20 million will be given to additional philanthropic organisations selected by the Foundation. Amongst this fantastic collection are two pieces by Seaman Schepps, shown below…
The Snuff Bottle Bracelet is Schepps at the height of whimsy and imagination. Originally made from snuff bottles hand-carved from sem-precious stone (see an original at the top of the image), our newest version is a stunning combination of blue chalcedony, faceted iolite, rock crystal, with diamond and sapphire accents mounted in 18k white gold.
The newspaper article is from the Washington Post in 1968. Society columnist Maxine Cheshire dubbed Schepps “America’s Court Jeweler” in this very article! She also notes, “David Webb, Pierre Schlumberger and even costume jeweler Kenneth J. Lane credit Schepps with being the daddy of them all.”