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.
A Victorian silver-top 18 karat gold, diamond, emerald, ruby and pearl brooch, featuring a depiction of the penultimate scene from the fable "Jack and the Beanstalk" in which Jack lures the giant by stealing the mermaid''s harp. A baroque pearl forms the tail of a sculpted 18-karat gold mermaid decorating the base of a lyre outlined with old mine-cut diamonds. The strings of the lyre are accented with emeralds, rubies, diamonds and a sapphire weighing approximately .30, .30, 1.75, and .05 carats respectively.
A Portuguese Georgian style 18 karat gold and oxidized silver brooch with diamonds. The brooch has 250 rose-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 5.50 carats, and 23 old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .50 carat. The blossoms of the brooch are en tremblant, in the Georgian style of floral brooches.
A French Napolean III 18 karat gold and oxidized silver brooch with diamonds. The brooch has 163 old mine-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 12.40 carats. Designed with double festoon and floral motifs.
A French Art Nouveau silver cloak clasp with opals by Georges Fouquet. The cape clasp is decorated with 14 bezel-set crystal opal plaques. The clasp is designed as two intertwined peacocks with extravagant whiplash ''feathers''. Inspired by a noted collaboration with the renowned Art Nouveau innovator Alfonse Mucha, this cloak clasp in all its exquisite detail and voluptuous lines perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the period. Its peacock theme was a favorite motif of Fouquet and Mucha. A similar piece is pictured in Alastair Duncan''s, The Paris Salons, 1895-1914: Volume I, Antique Collectors'' Club, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1994, page 251.
An Antique silver-topped 14 karat gold brooch with diamonds. The brooch has 1 old European-cut diamond with an approximate total weight of 0.75 carats, 10 old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.50 carats, and 139 old mine-cut and rose-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 4.00 carats.
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.
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.
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