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DescriptionRuby, Sapphire, Gold Mirror and Comb, Ruser
The lot includes a mirror and comb featuring a heart-shaped ruby and round-cut sapphires, both set in 14k gold, marked Ruser. Gross weight 80.94 grams.
Comb Dimensions: 5 inches x 1-1/2 inches
Mirror Dimensions: 3-3/8 inches x 2-3/4 inches
Property from the Estate of Jean Howard
Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000.
Type(s): Ruby, Sapphire
Shape(s): Heart, Round
Count: 1 - 25
Avg Quality: Good
Overall Condition: Good
Condition Notes: Both marked 14k and both accompanied by fitted cases. The comb is slightly loose in it's mounting. There are spots on the mirror.
Ruser: William Ruser learned the jewelry business managing Trabert & Hoeffer, Mauboussin boutiques in Atlantic City and Beverly Hills. In 1947 he opened his own shop on Rodeo Drive, where he rapidly earned the distinction of “Jeweler to the Stars”. Celebrities such as Loretta Young, Joan Crawford and Claudette Colbert prominently displayed his creations in film, on the red carpet as well as in print. Ruser was known, first, for his elegant pave-set diamond jewels and, second, for his whimsical sculptural freshwater pearl designs. His menagerie of animals, insects, flowers and children were based upon the fanciful, irregular shaped freshwater pearls, the most popular of which were his Monday’s Child and Poodle lines. His jewels reflected the post war optimism and lightheartedness of the 1950s and 1960s. Ruser retired in 1969, closed his salon and its prime corner location is now the home of Van Cleef & Arpels.
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