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JAR (American, b.1943)

Sculptures

Also known as:  Joel Arthur Rosenthal

Birth Place: New York, NY USA

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How much is original JAR jewelry worth?

JAR jewelry can be worth millions of dollars on the high end, and on the low end many are worth several thousand dollars. JAR’s jewelry worth comes from the fact that their creator, Joel Arthur Rosenthal, is as respected as an artist as he is a jewelry maker, making JAR’s appeal unique to art AND jewelry collectors. The most ever paid for a JAR piece of jewelry at auction was $4.3 million for a camellia brooch which was paved with 173 carats of rubies. It sold for nearly three times its high estimate.

Who is JAR?

JAR is a fine jewelry firm, created by American Joel Arthur Rosenthal. Rosenthal opened his first exclusive boutique in Paris in 1978, following his tenure with Bvlgari. The elusive designer produces one-of-a-kind meticulously crafted jewels that are simply marked with the initials, JAR. He rarely grants interviews and refuses to advertise. That said, JAR has become the gold standard for fine jewelry to the point where many have called him, “the Faberge of our time.” His pieces are brash, colorful, and full of gems.

How did JAR get started?

Joel Arthur Rosenthal was born in New York. He studied at Harvard where he graduated with a degree in art history and philosophy in 1966. After graduation, he moved to Paris, working various jobs as a screenwriter, needle-stitch, and eventually opening his own small yarn shop. It was at this shop where he met Hermes and Valentino, the famed clothing designers. He began designing jewelry in 1977, using non-traditional materials like coral and moonstone to create one-of-a-kind pieces.

What is JAR famous for?

JAR is famous for his extravagant jewelry pieces. Frequently inspired by fauna and flora, JAR’s jewelry often walks a fine line between gaudy and fabulous. These opulent pieces often use gold, diamonds, and other garnet accents that make them extremely desirable to collectors. He is the only living jewelry maker to ever have his pieces on display at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. More recently, JAR has begun supplying the Judaica for an exhibition entitled, “Menorah: Worship, History, Legend” which was co-sponsored by the Vatican at the Jewish Museum of Rome.

What kind of art does JAR make?

JAR makes one-of-a-kind jewelry that is often inspired by plants, animals, and the natural world. JAR’s work is unique in that they often pull from many different techniques related to jewelry making. Since the 1970s, much of that technique has been centered around making pave arrangements of gems, often using a blackened alloy for the base so that the stones’ colors are magnified. JAR is also unique in that Rosenthal refuses to advertise his jewelry. There is no sign for the JAR shop and very little in the way of an advertising footprint. This technique has led to a large cult following of JAR’s jewelry and a clamoring for his work. The first public exhibition of JAR was in London in 2002 and was a smashing success, but JAR wouldn’t have another until the JAR Metropolitan Museum of Art show in 2013.

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Bid or buy JAR jewelry for sale below. At Heritage Auctions, you can bid online about a month prior to the auction date, and during live auctions you can bid online, in person, or over the phone. You can even make an offer to the owner who previously purchased a JAR jewelry piece. Watch for new pieces from JAR by saving a want list so you’ll be notified of any new works for sale.

Why buy original JAR jewelry from Heritage Auctions?

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How to look up JAR original jewelry values?

The best way to value art is to compare past auction prices for similar works. At Heritage Auctions our final selling prices remain visible for all to see, including any buyer’s premiums paid. View JAR past sale prices below.

Where to get an appraisal for JAR?

The first step in any art valuation is authentication. If you are unsure of the authenticity of the artwork, then Heritage Auctions art experts can help. When you’re ready to sell, contact Heritage Auctions to request an estimate of the likely selling price at auction. If you need a formal written appraisal for estate planning or insurance, please contact our Appraisal Services Department.


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