Joel Arthur Rosenthal is an American jeweller who works in Paris where he founded the fine jewelry firm JAR. After a short stint as a salesman in the New York store of Bulgari, he returned to Paris in 1977 and began designing pieces there from affordable materials, such as coral, moonstone and minute colored diamond.
Quick success led the self-taught Rosenthal to open a non-descript salon at 7 Place Vendôme, where he still hosts his loyal clients. His company, JAR, has no shop window or sign on the street. Each piece is unique, created for a specific client; his yearly output is a scant 70-80 pieces.
He takes inspiration from the fauna and flora for his creations, mixing references from the past with current techniques of jewelry. What Rosenthal has been doing since 1977 is setting gems in pavé arrangements as fine as needlepoint stitches, frequently amplifying the stones' colors by mounting them in a blackened alloy.
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