Art Deco 14k 0.12 CTW Old European Diamond Brooch with Blue Enamel, Greek Key & Platinum Accents by Brod & Co.
Art Deco 14k 0.12 CTW Old European Diamond Brooch with Blue Enamel, Greek Key & Platinum Accents by Brod & Co.
Art Deco 14k 0.12 CTW Old European Diamond Brooch with Blue Enamel, Greek Key & Platinum Accents by Brod & Co.
Art Deco 14k 0.12 CTW Old European Diamond Brooch with Blue Enamel, Greek Key & Platinum Accents by Brod & Co.
Art Deco 14k 0.12 CTW Old European Diamond Brooch with Blue Enamel, Greek Key & Platinum Accents by Brod & Co.
Art Deco 14k 0.12 CTW Old European Diamond Brooch with Blue Enamel, Greek Key & Platinum Accents by Brod & Co.
Art Deco 14k 0.12 CTW Old European Diamond Brooch with Blue Enamel, Greek Key & Platinum Accents by Brod & Co.
Art Deco 14k 0.12 CTW Old European Diamond Brooch with Blue Enamel, Greek Key & Platinum Accents by Brod & Co.
Art Deco 14k 0.12 CTW Old European Diamond Brooch with Blue Enamel, Greek Key & Platinum Accents by Brod & Co.
Art Deco 14k 0.12 CTW Old European Diamond Brooch with Blue Enamel, Greek Key & Platinum Accents by Brod & Co.
Art Deco 14k 0.12 CTW Old European Diamond Brooch with Blue Enamel, Greek Key & Platinum Accents by Brod & Co.
Art Deco 14k 0.12 CTW Old European Diamond Brooch with Blue Enamel, Greek Key & Platinum Accents by Brod & Co.
Art Deco 14k 0.12 CTW Old European Diamond Brooch with Blue Enamel, Greek Key & Platinum Accents by Brod & Co.
Art Deco 14k 0.12 CTW Old European Diamond Brooch with Blue Enamel, Greek Key & Platinum Accents by Brod & Co.
Art Deco 14k 0.12 CTW Old European Diamond Brooch with Blue Enamel, Greek Key & Platinum Accents by Brod & Co.
Art Deco 14k 0.12 CTW Old European Diamond Brooch with Blue Enamel, Greek Key & Platinum Accents by Brod & Co.
Art Deco 14k 0.12 CTW Old European Diamond Brooch with Blue Enamel, Greek Key & Platinum Accents by Brod & Co.
Art Deco 14k 0.12 CTW Old European Diamond Brooch with Blue Enamel, Greek Key & Platinum Accents by Brod & Co.
Art Deco 14k 0.12 CTW Old European Diamond Brooch with Blue Enamel, Greek Key & Platinum Accents by Brod & Co.
Art Deco 14k 0.12 CTW Old European Diamond Brooch with Blue Enamel, Greek Key & Platinum Accents by Brod & Co.
Art Deco 14k 0.12 CTW Old European Diamond Brooch with Blue Enamel, Greek Key & Platinum Accents by Brod & Co.

BR171

Art Deco 14k 0.12 CTW Old European Diamond Brooch with Blue Enamel, Greek Key & Platinum Accents by Brod & Co.

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General Information:

  • Total Carat Weight:ย 0.12 ct
  • Precious Metal Weight:ย 3.14 dwt
  • Precious Metal Material:ย The face/top of the brooch tests as 14k white gold with 18k white gold and platinum accents, while the stem pin tests as 16-18k white gold and the hinge and clasp both test as 14k white gold. The inside/reverse of the brooch face appears to have a very subtle warm yellow gold wash, as a fine touch of luxury only the wearer would know is there. Note that all tests were performed on electronic shop equipment.
  • Dimensions:ย  This brooch measures 72.8 mm east to west (length) including the hinge and the stem pin x 12.03 mm north to south (width) x 7.25 mm back to front (depth) including the stem pin.
  • Weight:ย A very desirable 4.88 grams
  • Markings:ย The receiving safety clasp of this brooch is stamped with a diamond cartouche in which a geometricized "B" is oriented horizontally. This is the maker's mark for Brod & Co., which was established in 1922 and operated out of Newark, New Jersey through the Mid Century years before formally shuttering. Brod & Co. was one of the leading American manufacturers of fine jewelry during the Art Deco period, and are described as being makers of "...platinum front bar pins and white gold rings". Adjacent this maker's mark is the purity stamp, which reads "14K".ย 
  • Era:ย The maker's mark described above, as well as this brooch's styling, design, construction and diamond cut-type indicate that it was made between 1922 and 1925, during the height of the Jazz Age.ย 

    Specifications:

    • Center Stone Type:ย Diamond
    • Center Stone Count: One (1)
    • Center Stone Carat Weight:ย 0.12 ct
    • Center Stone Dimensions:ย 2.70 mm x 3.05 mm x 1.95 mm
    • Center Stone Shape:ย Old European Cut, which was cut, faceted and polished by the hand of an artisan a century ago. Please heed the faceting matrix's daisy-like internal design and its charming hint of asymmetry.
    • Center Stone Color:ย H-Iย 
    • Center Stone Clarity: VS1-VS2

    The Story:

    This brooch is as rich in symbolism as it is in materiality and romance. True to its era, the elegant pierced tracery is a feminine and almost whimsical addition to the bold rigidity of the right angles and symmetry that punctuate this piece. The foliate filigree work recalls the refinement of the preceding Edwardian years, boasting a certain delicacyย while maintaining confident boldness.ย 

    The outermost filigree is crafted to represent wheat stalks which transition into acanthus blooms, and the innermost filigree creates a frame of Meandros (Greek Key) patterns which together act as a halo to the squared milgrain diamond setting.ย  In ancient times, wheat was symbolic of love and charity, and by the Renaissance era, it became associated with fertility. By the Art Deco movement when this brooch was made, wheat patterns were symbolic of abundance and success.

    In suit, the tapering acanthus shapes embody the idea of eternalism, as acanthus plants are known for their ability to thrive in graceful immortality even under the harshest conditions, withstanding beating winds, rains and scorching sun. The Greek Key pattern is also known as a 'Meandros', originally named after the Meander River in modern-day Turkey, whose winding nature inspired the meandering path of the pattern. This design symbolizes the assurance of infinity, and the ebbs and flows of life. Used since the Ancient Greek period, this geometric decoration is an emblem of the eternal currents of change.

    Flanking the outermost cardinal points of this brooch are stylized scallop shell shapes, which have long been used during baptismal ceremonies to issue holy water upon the honoree's head. As such, shells are believed to be symbols of divine protection and direction. The brooch is outlined with a perimeter of repeating sunrise-like designs, meant to remind the wearer of each morning's promise. The use of cobalt blue enamel was a popular addition to Deco jewelry, and its chroma connotes stability, trust and inward peace.

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