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A Humpty Dumpty Brooch by Donald Claflin for Tiffany & Co.

An American Mid-20th Century18 karat gold brooch with diamonds by Donald Claflin. Claflin's whimsical designs have long been celebrated by devoted jewelry collectors and jewelry historians alike. In the early 1960s, while Claflin was designing for Tiffany & Co., the famed designer turned to some of the most beloved of traditional children's fables for subject matter. One of the most celebrated of these designs was his rendition of Humpty Dumpty, done in gold with diamond accents and beautiful, delicate enamel work. Claflin imbues this childish theme with elegance and gravitas, through both the design and the incredible craftsmanship. The brooch was executed by Carvin French.

A Humpty Dumpty Brooch by Donald Claflin for Tiffany & Co.

Antique Diamond, Amber Silver and Gold Borzoi Brooch

An Antique 15 karat gold and silver top diamond brooch. The body of the Borzoi has 230 pavé rose and Old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 3.60 carats. The markings are created of intricately carved shades of amber.

Antique Diamond, Amber Silver and Gold Borzoi Brooch

Antique Diamond, Gold and Silver Maltese Cross Brooch

An English Antique 15 karat gold and oxidized silver Maltese cross brooch with diamonds. The brooch has 130 old European-cut and old mine-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 18.00 carats including the center old European-cut diamond weighing approximately 2.25 carats. Fold down bale. Antique box. The Maltese cross, in Italy also known as the Amalfi cross, is the cross symbol associated with the Knights Hospitaller (the Knights of Malta) and, by extension, with the island of Malta. The cross is eight-pointed and has the form of four "V"-shaped elements, each joining the others at its vertex, leaving the other two tips spread outward symmetrically. Its design is based on crosses used since the First Crusade. The 15th Century Crusaders adopted the Cross of Malta as their insignia because its eight points represented the eight Beatitudes prescribed in the Sermon on the Mount. Those, in effect, declare (1) blessed are the poor in spirit, (2) the meek, (3) the pure, (4) the merciful, and (5) the peacemakers; (6) blessed are they that mourn, and (7) seek righteousness, and (8) blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness sake. The Cross of Malta had a religious origin but the Knights of St. John also made it their battle standard for the liberation of all men, women and children who suffered oppression. The ideals for which the original Crusaders fought parallel the principles of democracy today, freedom and justice.

Antique Diamond, Gold and Silver Maltese Cross Brooch

Antique Demantoid Garnet, Diamond, Gold and Platinum Grasshopper Brooch

An Antique 18 karat gold and platinum brooch with demantoid garnets, diamonds and ruby. The brooch has 38 demantoid garnets with an approximate total weight of 1.10 carats, 34 diamonds with an approximate total weight of .60 carat, and a ruby eye. The 3 dimensional grasshopper brooch is positioned in a perched position.

Antique Demantoid Garnet, Diamond, Gold and Platinum Grasshopper Brooch

Edwardian Diamond, Seed Pearl and Gold Heart Pendant/Brooch

An English Edwardian 15 karat gold pendant/brooch with diamond and seed pearls. The pendant/brooch has a bezel-set old mine-cut diamond with an approximate weight of 1.25 carats, and prong-set natural seed pearls. The heart-shape pendant/brooch has a fold-down bale and pendant watch fitting. "The heart-shaped jewel...emblem(s) of sacred and profane love..." Geoffrey C. Munn. Discussed in The Triumph of Love Jewelry 1530-1930, by Geoffrey C. Munn, Thames and Hudson, London, 1993.

Edwardian Diamond, Seed Pearl and Gold Heart Pendant/Brooch

Antique Diamond Emerald Ruby Sapphire and Gold Butterfly Brooch

An Antique 18 karat gold butterfly brooch with diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires. The dimensional butterfly brooch centers on an old European-cut diamond with an approximate weight of 1.00 carat. The brooch has an additional 82 Old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 2.00 carats. The brooch is further detailed with 7 bezel-set emeralds with an approximate total weight of .45 carat, 7 bezel-set rubies with an approximate total weight of .45 carat, and 2 bezel-set sapphires with an approximate total weight of .20 carat. The brooch has ruby-set knife-wire antennae.

Antique Diamond Emerald Ruby Sapphire and Gold Butterfly Brooch

Gold and Platinum Maple Leaf Brooch with Diamonds

An Antique 18 karat gold and platinum-topped gold brooch with diamonds. The open maple leaf motif has delicate diamond accents down the center stem, and three stunning round old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 0.95 carats hanging dynamically from the piece. The 30 rose-cut diamonds have an approximate total weight of .30 carat.

Gold and Platinum Maple Leaf Brooch with Diamonds

Antique Silver-topped Gold and Diamond Pendant

An Antique silver-topped gold pendant with a diamond-studded pendant loop featuring two rings of old European-cut diamonds surrounding one exceptional, significant center stone. The center diamond is approximately 2.35 carats, surrounded by 10 old European-cut and old miners-cut diamonds with an approximate weight of 2.50 carat. There are an additional 15 old European-cut and old-miners cut diamonds on the exterior ring with an approximate weight of 7.50 carats. The detachable bail is set with 3 old European-cut and old miners-cut diamonds with an approximate weight of 0.65 carats, Overall VS-SI clarity, H-J color. This timelessly elegant piece can be worn as a pendant, a brooch or a hairpin. With fitted box.

Antique Silver-topped Gold and Diamond Pendant