Firstly, an incredible selection of natural sea water pearls, adorned on pendants, brooches, rings and in white, cream, grey and gold will be included in the catalogue.

The exceptional orange Melo, measuring 24 to 25 mm will be sure to excite magpies and jewellery lovers. Melo pearls are among the most coveted pearls in the world. This example is from a marine snail called 'Melo Melo,'' which is located along the coast of Burma, Thailand and Vietnam. Melo pearls are generally large, with an average diameter of 8.0 mm to 40 mm and are characterised by their unmatched roundness.

A rare natural melo pearl, weighing 112.75 carats accompanied by a AGGL No. 0101136 report dated June 2013 confirming Melo melo from Myanmar. Diam: 25 x 24 .mm Estimated at: €90 000 - €110 000 A rare natural melo pearl,
weighing 112.75 carats accompanied by a AGGL No. 0101136 report dated June 2013 confirming Melo melo from Myanmar.
Diam: 25 x 24 .mm
Estimated at: €90 000 - €110 000

The colours can vary from dark brown to orange, the latter being the most sought after. The material is porcelainée effects with remarkable flames which makes each pearl different from any other. Melo pearls are extremely rare and, although researchers are working on how to grow more, none have managed to get any good results yet. It is thought there are probably less than a thousand of these beautiful pearls in the world.

Jewellery from the house of René Boivin is incredibly sought after by discerning jewellery enthusiasts. When master jeweller René Boivin died prematurely in 1917, his wife and collaborator Jeanne Boivin boldly took on the design house.

18k yellow gold ring set with a turquoise cabochon supported by a line of sapphires. Signed and hallmarked. 18k yellow gold ring set with a turquoise cabochon supported by a line of sapphires. Signed and hallmarked.

Brooch "starfish" in yellow gold with diamonds. Roger Davière hallmark. Brooch "starfish" in yellow gold with diamonds. Roger Davière hallmark.

Pair of yellow gold earrings in 18K with a sapphire cabochon and a faceted sapphire pendant holding in three pear-cut citrines enhanced with 18k yellow gold base dentate. Hallmarked. With a certificate from Madame Françoise Caille certifying that it is a work of Rene Boivin in 1936. Pair of yellow gold earrings in 18K with a sapphire cabochon and a faceted sapphire pendant holding in three pear-cut citrines enhanced with 18k yellow gold base dentate. Hallmarked.
With a certificate from Madame Françoise Caille certifying that it is a work of Rene Boivin from 1936.

In 1919 a young designer named Suzanne Belperron, who had just graduated from the School of Fine Arts, was hired by Boivin.

Suzanne Belporren Image via America.pink Suzanne Belporren
Image via America.pink

This collaboration was a success, and paved the way for young designers to excel at Boivin, including Juliette Moutard who worked for Jeanne Boivin and her daughter Germaine for nearly 30 years.

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