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Press Release - April 16, 2021

Jewelry from Important California Philanthropist Janet Salter Coming to Heritage Auctions

Art deco diamond and platinum necklace breaks down into three components


Janet Salter Beverly Hills cartoonist philanthropist Art Deco diamond bracelet
DALLAS, Texas (April 16, 2021) — Janet Salter knew, if nothing else, how to capture the attention of those around her. The wife of former Beverly Hills, California mayor Max Salter was a fixture in the Southern California spotlight, a philanthropist, socialite, supporter of the arts, political activist, world traveler, and accomplished cartoonist whose Ms. Bev Hills appeared daily in the Beverly Hills Courier for nearly 40 years.

Salter was known for many things, among them her popular cartoon, civic involvement, love of family and many pets, and for her unmistakable style, some of which will be offered May 3 in Heritage Auctions' Spring Fine Jewelry Auction.

Salter's Art Deco Diamond, Platinum Convertible Necklace (estimate: $30,000-40,000) is a dazzling piece, with single and full-cut diamonds having a combined total weight of 39.80 carats.

"This is an exceptionally well-made necklace," said Jill Burgum, Senior Director of Fine Jewelry at Heritage Auctions. "It has added interest based on its convertible nature- wear it as one long necklace, as a shorter necklace and bracelet combo, or there again, as stackable bracelets.

"Janet Salter was an impressive woman, both professionally and personally. Her taste in jewelry matched her personality to a tee."

Also offered is a stunning Art Deco Diamond, Emerald, Platinum, White Gold Bracelet (estimate: $15,000-20,000), with marquise-shaped diamonds with a combined total weight of 1.80 carats; European, transitional and single-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 14.00 carats, as well as rectangular and pear-shaped emeralds.

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Steve Lansdale, Public Relations Specialist

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