Cartier - An important and attractive early 20th century diamond and platinum Belle Epoque brooch, of open work interwined feather and garland design, millegrain set diamonds and with two drop diamonds, one of pear shape, the brooch with a central circular diamond measuring 0.50ct, the largest pear shaped diamond on the drop measuring 0.75ct, the smaller diamond measuring 0.20ct., stamped CARTIER, the back with a yellow gold screw to remove the pin, width 55mm, length including drop, weight 18.46g.
From 1900-1914 Louis Cartier's jewels drew inspiration from the Court of Versailles as a means to compliment the glamorous social life of their wealthy clientele. Dubbed the "garland style" for it was a dazzling variation on the classical Louis XVI approach with ornamental motifs such as bows, tassels, leaves and flowers, which were then translated from 18th century pattern books into precious jewels. These jewels had a lightness and lacelike quality due to the technical freedom and innovation of working with platinum, a metal that was light as well as strong. His use of diamonds set in platinum intensified their sparkle. A stomacher brooch of similar design can be seen in the book 'The Cartier Collection' published by Flammarion, pg. 51.
Sold for £5,000
This brooch is in very good condition. No breaks or repairs. The stones are bright, white and vibrant. The pear drop stone has a couple of small carbon inclusions which are not visible with the naked eye.
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