Stunning 24 Carat Sapphire Ring by Jeweller to the Stars in Three-Day Sale at the Canterbury Auction Galleries


One lucky lady looks set to receive an extraordinary gift of jewellery this Christmas usually reserved for royalty and movie stars: this beautiful and exotic 24 carat sapphire and diamond ring, which will be offered at The Canterbury Auction Galleries later this month.

It won’t come cheap, though. Expected to attract worldwide interest, the ring is a signature piece by the internationally acclaimed jewellery designer “JAR” – Joel Arthur Rosenthal – and it’s valued at £30,000-50,000.

The 1,200-lot sale of jewellery, silver, paintings, ceramics, militaria, furniture, works of art and collectors’ items will be conducted over three days on November 28-30.

JAR produces only around 70 of his masterpieces a year and has been described as “the Fabergé of our time”. Entry to his otherwise anonymous salon at 7 Place Vendôme in Paris is obtained only by the sponsorship of a known customer. They have included Elizabeth Taylor, billionaire Lily Safra and Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al-Thani among others.



The ring sports a stunning natural 24ct Ceylonese sapphire, with Gemological Certification Service certificate, and 24 round brilliant-cut diamonds, the 18ct gold setting signed to the underside “JAR Paris”.

“The ring comes from a private Kent owner and we are privileged to have been asked to sell it,” said Dave Parker, Managing Director of the auction house. “It is going to make someone very happy on Christmas morning!”

Born in 1943 in the Bronx, the only son of a postman and biology teacher, JAR studied linguistics at the City College of New York and speaks French, Italian, English and Yiddish. He subsequently studied art history and philosophy at Harvard University, graduating in 1966, before moving to Paris working as a screenwriter.

However, his interest in textiles and needlepoint led him to open a small shop where clients included designers from Hermes and Valentino. His interest in jewellery was sparked when one day he was asked to design an embroidered mount for a gemstone and his career went in a new direction.

JAR returned to New York in 1977 and worked at Bulgari for a short period before moving back to Paris to open his own jewellery workshop working on his own designs using affordable materials, such as coral, moonstone and minute coloured diamond chips. Despite being entirely self-taught and having no shop window or sign on the building, he enjoyed rapid success, building a base of loyal clients.

The first public exhibition devoted to JAR jewellery was held at Somerset House in London in 2002, when 400 pieces, mostly lent by their owners, were presented in full black, the visitors having to use a flashlight to observe them. His only other public exhibition was at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013. He is the only living "artist of gems" to have had a solo show there.

In line with continued government safety recommendations, there will be no public access to the saleroom for viewing and the auction will be conducted with online bidding only. Auctioneers will be on the rostrum conducting the sales over the three days starting at 11am, executing absentee bids and taking other bids from registered bidders on the telephone and over the internet in real-time.

The catalogue can be seen online at (, the saleroom’s own free to use in-house bidding platform and also at Bids can also be made in real-time at, while commission bids can also be left at, both of which charge a commission on successful bids. For further information, please contact the auctioneers, telephone 01227 763337.


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