It is difficult to imagine a world of luxury beyond luxury, but it does in fact exist. Usually the names of such artisans or brands are so well guarded, that they are barely a whisper. One such artisan is a jeweller by the name of Joel Arthur Rosenthal, otherwise whispered as “JAR”. This Bronx-born, Parisian-based jeweller is as known for his one-of-a-kind jewels based around single sublime stones, as for his privacy and discretion. That said, his work most eloquently speaks for itself.
Recently an unprecedented 18 JAR pieces from Lily Safra’s collection were sold at Christies in Geneva to benefit 20 charities called “Jewels For Hope”. The below video speaks to the extraordinary craftsmanship of not only JAR’s work, but also reveals a bit about the charity component of the project, of which ALL proceeds went to worthy causes.
“The jewels I made for Mrs. Safra, the beauty I wanted to put into her hands, will, I trust, these years later continue to offer pleasures elsewhere, their sparkle, their fragility and fleeting luxury, by Mrs. Safra’s wisdom and generosity, will be become too, the highest human luxury, hope.”
– Joel Arthur Rosenthal