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Imperial Jadeite Archer's Rings by Carvin French

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Imperial Jadeite Archer's Rings by Carvin French

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Thirty-five Imperial jadeite archer's rings were used to create this one-of-a-kind table service

Key Features

  • Imperial jadeite archer's rings were used to make this table accessories service by Carvin French
  • The rings date to the 16th through 19th centuries and were used by archers on horseback
  • Since no two rings are alike, each had to be hand-fitted with 18K gold and onyx to create this set
  • The 35 archer's rings were made into salts, peppers, place card holders and candle holders
  • Each ring is carved with various Chinese symbols of strength and courage
  • Each piece is marked with the Carvin French "sleeping cat" in the 18K gold

Item Details

  • Period:
    20th Century
  • Origin:
    America
 Jadeite archer's rings dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries were used in the creation of this one-of-a-kind dining accessories service by Carvin French of New York. These archer's rings would have been made for and used exclusively by the Imperial longbow archers while on horseback. The smoothness of the jadeite allowed the marksman to achieve the quick release needed to be accurate at such high velocity. A private collector acquired all 35 of these exquisite Chinese antiquities, and had the brilliant idea to go to the famed jewelry firm of Carvin French to have this unique service made. Since no two rings are the exact same size, each had to be meticulously hand-fitted with 18K gold and onyx to form salt and pepper shakers, candle holders and place card holders. Varying Chinese motifs symbolizing the warrior qualities of strength, honor and courage are carved into each. Distinguished by a renowned jeweler and exceptional materials, there is absolutely no other service like this in the world. Each piece bears the Carvin French "sleeping cat" mark on the base.

André Chervin and Serge Carponcy were French jewelers well versed in classical jewelry making. They met while working for Louis Feron, and soon decided to merge their talents to begin Carvin French, the name of which is a blend of the jeweler's last names with their beloved France. While many jewelry firms were using mass production techniques, an unwavering commitment to hand craftsmanship and innovative design allowed Carvin French to stand out from their contemporaries. The firm gained a reputation as "the jewelers' jeweler," using only the finest materials and masterful craftsmanship to create spectacular pieces for Raymond Yard, Verdura and Tiffany & Co. 

Circa 1960 

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