Diamond Earrings, signed by Gay Frères, France,
In pavé setting are 106 small diamonds totalling approx. 1.40 ct, all in 18K white gold, with a built-in hook -to attach a pendant. 11g
Hallmarks: 750 Gay Frères France, French Eagle
Beautifully made, sleek and elegant earrings
Gay Frères was founded in 1835 in Geneva by Jean-Pierre Gay and Gaspard Tissot.
They specialised in making chains both for pocket watches and jewellery and over the years gained a reputation for both the quality of their work and reliability of their service.
They were known for their inventive, original designs and by the 1940’s they were supplying Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin and followed by many other watchmakers such as Audemars Piguet and Jaeger LeCoultre. By the 1970s Gay Frères, which was still family owned, was running the largest factory in Geneva employing over 500 specialist craftsmen. Alongside the watch elements of the business, they were also designing and making jewellery. They continue to be regarded as world specialists in handmade chains and watch bracelets as well as producing a new jewellery collection each year.
However, it is the jewellery of the 1960s and 70s that is particularly collectible, as it appears on the market relatively rarely.