Sotheby's 2019 Auction | Magnificent Jewels | Custom Jewelry

What a wonderful conclusion to our journey! Tom Herman and I, as well as the Mendocino Art Center, are thrilled with the Sotheby’s Auction, Magnificent Jewels 2019, in NY. We joined many esteemed jewelry designers, including Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, and Tiffany & Co., in presenting our Matilija Poppy Brooch of Plique a Jour.

Carol Elkins and her staff were fantastic, and I believe we excelled because of their wonderful establishment! If you have been following The Matilija Poppy Brooch, you understand how all the artists involved in this project are thrilled. You can read about our journey here.

In our journey of studying the masters of the past, after we fell in love with the Ada brooch, we realized that magnificent plique a jour jewels in their time were not created by one person.

With our passion for this jewel strong at heart, we were invited to teach at the Mendocino Art Center. Tom had an idea that if we taught jointly, we could stay on afterward and have open studio time for students while we worked together on a jewel. Tom taught saw piercing, and I taught plique a jour enameling,

This jewel was the Matilija Poppy Brooch!


We spent 2017 in Tom’s studio and 2018 in my studio. We focused our attention on creating this beautiful 18K gold and fine enamel jewel. All proceeds from the Sotheby’s Auction are a donation to the Mendocino Art Center from the artists.

Tom Herman and Patsy Croft are very happy!

The Matilija Poppy may have auctioned for over $50.000 at Sotheby’s. But there’s no need to break the bank for your little piece of perfection. Contact me to get your custom jewelry piece started.

Whether you are looking for a pair of custom cloisonne earrings or some custom cloisonne pendants, I got you covered! If you have an idea for a cloisonne jewelry (or any other type of jewel) piece, shoot me an email and we can make it a reality together.

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Matilija Poppy Brooch

Tom Herman and Patsy Croft at the conclusion of the Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels Auction