A pair of American Retro 18 karat gold and platinum earrings with diamonds and tourmalines by John Rubel. The abstract leaf form earrings are set with 2 rectangular-cut green tourmalines with an approximate total weight of 9.50 carats, The curling fronds are further accented by 26 single-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .78 carats. Famous for their superb ballerina and dancer brooches, the firm of John Rubel had a long history of collaborating with Van Cleef & Arpels, both in Paris and New York. The two firms' shared designer, Maurice Duvalet, was a French artist who, according to Maurice Galle, "brought chic to everything he touched." These abstract floral earclips represent the Rubel brothers' love of all manner of flowers. As Penny Proddow noted in American Jewelry: Glamor and Tradition, "Even their simplest jewelry was sculptural."
A French 18 karat gold and sapphire "Feuille" clip brooch, by René Boivin, designed by Juliette Moutard. The flexible leaf form set with 31 oval and cushion-cut sapphires, further enhanced by 32 circular-cut sapphires, approximate total weight 124.00 carats. In the 1930s, the creative women at the House of Boivin turned to naturalistic themes, among them flowers and leaves, just as most mainstream jewelers were abandoning such motifs. So often the source of inspiration for her young designers, Madame Boivin brought back armfuls of leaves from her long walks in the forest, and encouraged Juliette to introduce them into her jewelry designs. Typical of Moutard's eye for color, the sapphires subtly shift in hue and tone, ranging from pale violet and indigo to cornflower blue. Moutard selected and positioned them to reflect the multiple variegations of a natural creation. The sapphire leaf, articulated to move luxuriously, drapes from similarly-toned circular-cut sapphire and gold veins. With certificate of authenticity from Madame Françoise Cailles, dated 2 May 2017, stating that the brooch is the work of the House of René Boivin, designed by Juliette Moutard.
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.
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 forrighteousness 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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