Piece of the Week: ‘Birds in Flight’ by Oscar Heyman
The New York jeweler made this incredible, colorful Art Deco bracelet featuring tropical birds in 1927.
Created by Oscar Heyman in 1927, this incredible jeweled depiction of tropical birds in flight amid flowers features buff-top rubies, emeralds, sapphires, onyx, and about 12 to 14 carats of circular-cut G-H color diamonds.
It’s a bracelet so beautiful, it’s landed in three books.
Birds in Flight was featured in Penny Proddow and Debra Healy’s “American Jewelry Glamour and Tradition” (New York 1987), Suzanne Tennenbaum and Janet Zapata’s “The Jeweled Menagerie” (London 2001), and “The Jewelers’ Jeweler” (Boston 2017) by Elizabeth Hamilton and Yvonne Markowitz.
At the time it was made, Oscar Heyman sold the bracelet to Shreve, Crump & Low for less than $5,000.
At the “Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels” sale on May 10, a buyer paid $1.5 million for Birds in Flight, doubling its highest pre-sale estimate.
For a bird’s eye view of the bracelet, just look up.
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