Erté’s desire to create jewelry arose from his life-long dedication to beautifying women through the genius of his designs. He envisioned his jewelry as works of art, but unlike works created by other artists, his would be designed to be worn. As a result, he considered these works “Art to Wear.”
There are numerous examples of Erté’s ability to interpret his original fashion and costume designs into several different mediums, i.e. sculpture, graphics and jewelry. For example, the “Aventurine” pendant was the first of Erté’s designs to be realized as jewelry. Released in 1979, it became the most popular of his collection. “Adventurine” was based on an original design created for a March 1919 Harper’s Bazaar cover. Just prior to the jewelry release, Erté also recreated this image in the 1978 serigraph, “Wings of Victory.”
One of Erté’s favorite images, “Beloved” was first created as a design for a 1932 Harper’s Bazaar cover and was then reinterpreted in the 1977 serigraph titled, “The Bride.” Erté then redesigned this image as a brooch/pendant entitled, “Beloved.”
“Arctic Sea” is one of Erté’s most popular images. Based on a costume design from a 1925 production of George White’s Scandals of the same name, Erté translated this design into a serigraph in 1981 and later revisited the same theme in 1989 to create one of his most collectable sculptures. Afterward, Erté recreated this majestic image into the hugely popular necklace/brooch, entitled “Sophistication.”
Through his unique art and designs, Erté was able to capture the essence and beauty of an entire era and transform these into timeless artistic treasures for generations to come.