BY KAREN AANONSEN
Techniques vary among jewelry’s brightest names. But most labels have one thing in common: their baubles start out as drawings. Now the conceptual beginnings to masterpieces from Cartier, Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels, Verdura, and more are getting lauded in their own right. Sotheby’s London is currently displaying hundreds of previously unseen, signed jewelry drawings with its “Masters of Design” exhibition. Assembled by a private European collector, the artful assortment staggeringly spans from 1890 to 1960, and is being presented alongside glittering lots from the upcoming Sotheby’s Geneva “Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels” sale. Fashion expert William Banks-Blaney has also hand-picked vintage clothes to recreate aesthetic movements of the last two centuries, from the Belle Époque to 1950s glamour, for the showcase. The stunning compilation of drawings, jewels, and clothes is on view through March 8.