Rubel Frères and John Rubel & Co
Originally from Hungary, John and Robert Rubel set up their first workshop in Paris, on 22 rue Vivienne, in 1915. Experienced jewellers who had already established a shop in Hungary, their extraordinary skills and craftsmanship were quickly recognized by the most renowned French jewellery houses such as Van Cleef and Arpels and Ostertag. Manufacturing for these brands, the Rubels subsequently also developed their own creations. In 1939, the Rubel brothers left Paris for New York to produce jewellery for Van Cleef and Arpels.
The partnership was to last for another four years, before John and Robert opened their own firm on Fifth Avenue in 1943. While having dinner in a Latino nightclub in the Lower East Side, John was inspired by a flamenco performance and quickly sketched the silhouette of one of the dancers onto a corner of the table cloth. The sketch was shown to Maurice Duvalet who transformed the sketch into a beautiful Spanish dancer brooch, set with rose-cut diamonds. This became the first of the iconic ballerina dancer series that Rubel and Van Cleef and Arpels were famous for.
A bracelet made of platinum and white gold, diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald and onyx. Created by Frères Rubel for Van Cleef & Arpels for the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris in 1925.
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A 1945 pin of the "Rockettes, a tribute to the famous American dance troupe that currently still exists. Set in gold, platinum, ruby, sapphire and diamond.
A patent for a perfume dispenser set with turquoise, filed in 1945. The actual completed item later sold at Christies.