Delaval

MAYFAIR

Having combined gemmological studies with lengthy experience in international auction houses, Del has acquired a profound knowledge of, and appreciation for, antique, fine and rare jewels. Furthermore, his love of fine art also complements his flair for assisting clients in finding that special piece which reflects their particular tastes.

I have always been passionate about fine art and fine jewellery, which I believe are one and the same. Having spent six years in the auction world working in Middle and Indian Art, I was privileged to assist in the sale of jewels from the courts of Imperial India. Whether an Emerald headdress once worn by a Mughal emperor, or a rare diamond from the Golconda mine, the experience was instrumental in my understanding of antique jewellery and rare gemstones.

Qualification:
Trained Gemmologist (GG) from the GIA - The Gemmological Institute of America.

Q & A

What is your earliest jewellery memory?
My grandmother was a passionate jewellery collector. From a young age I was set the task of cleaning her rainbow sapphire necklaces!

What is your favourite gemstone?
It is hard to beat a Colombian Emerald from the Muzo Mine. Emeralds from Colombia possess less iron and fewer impurities than emeralds from other countries, in addition to having a warmer and intense bluish green colour. It is this striking colour and high quality that make them such an impressive and must-have gemstone, and my personal favourite.

What advice would you give someone looking for a bespoke piece?
Try on as many examples as possible and follow your instincts. As part of my role at Pragnell I enjoy helping customers turn unique ideas into wearable designs.

Describe your jewellery style in three words?
Bespoke, originality and fineness

My favourite period of jewellery design

My favourite period of jewellery design

Without doubt, I would opt for the Art Deco period. Art Deco jewels were sleek and bold, characterised by sharp edges and regularity of surface, line and volume. In addition, unorthodox combinations of stones started being introduced, with many designs combining natural materials such an onyx, emeralds, rubies, jade, silver, ivory and lapis. This style began to emerge around 1915, just when there was a huge amount of optimism in the air. Opulence and extravagance were the order of the day and reflected both the post war joie de vivre and recklessness of the jazz age. However, to me, it is the sheer contrast of colour and cut that sets apart Art Deco jewellery from any other period and I firmly believe that some of the most striking and creative pieces of jewellery around originated from this era.

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Without doubt, I would opt for the Art Deco period. Art Deco jewels were sleek and bold, characterised by sharp edges and regularity of surface, line and volume. In addition, unorthodox combinations of stones started being introduced, with many designs combining natural materials such an onyx, emeralds, rubies, jade, silver, ivory and lapis. This style began to emerge around 1915, just when there was a huge amount of optimism in the air. Opulence and extravagance were the order of the day and reflected both the post war joie de vivre and recklessness of the jazz age. However, to me, it is the sheer contrast of colour and cut that sets apart Art Deco jewellery from any other period and I firmly believe that some of the most striking and creative pieces of jewellery around originated from this era.

My Favourite Piece

This is a gemstone of great beauty and exceptional rarity. The definition of rarity is something that cannot be replaced easily and this extraordinary jewel is the embodiment of that definition. Found in a deposit in a remote mountainous region of India exhausted by 1887, this very fine velvety sapphire was taken from the ground, masterfully faceted by craftsmen and then, during the Art Deco period, set into a simple, elegant, diamond set platinum mount. Pure beauty created by the earth and elevated by craftsmen. A true Masterpiece.

A Bespoke Commission

A Bespoke Commission

Re-designing the following emerald ring with an 8.65ct Colombian Emerald in the Art Deco style. On this occasion, I was delighted to assist the customer with a Cocktail Ring. What better choice of colour to choose for a party than a bluish green Colombian Emerald. In addition to sourcing the perfect stone of exactly the right dimensions, we were delighted to create a CAD design to show the customer a visual insight into what this unique ring would look like once it was on her finger…she was thrilled with the end product.

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Re-designing the following emerald ring with an 8.65ct Colombian Emerald in the Art Deco style. On this occasion, I was delighted to assist the customer with a Cocktail Ring. What better choice of colour to choose for a party than a bluish green Colombian Emerald. In addition to sourcing the perfect stone of exactly the right dimensions, we were delighted to create a CAD design to show the customer a visual insight into what this unique ring would look like once it was on her finger…she was thrilled with the end product.
Stratford-Upon-Avon
Mayfair
Leicester