- Total Carat Weight: 0.10 ctw, inclusive of all stones present
- Precious Metal Weight: 4.99 dwt
- Precious Metal Material: 18k buttery yellow gold
- Dimensions: Overall, 27.78 mm north to south x 32.06 mm east to west x 11.42 mm deep including pin and hook
- Weight: A very nice 7.76 grams
- Markings: One ribbon tail is stamped with “750” with a cut-corner horizontally-oriented diamond shaped cartouche below.
- Era: The brooch’s styling, prong type, function and construction technique point to the first few decades of the 20th century. Thus, we estimate that this piece dates to the 1930s-1940s. However, this is a jewel type that was much used and preferred from the 19th century through the mid 20th century, so it could very well date to another period within this range. Without knowing an exact provenance, we cannot ascertain a more precise date range beyond what our years of collecting, dealing, learning and refining our expertise enables us to determine.
- Buyer Notes: This brooch is spirited and spunky, an elegant late Art Deco variation of a 17th century accessory. It is colorful and bright, and though wear is present, it does not at all detract from the brooch’s beauty. It is perfect as a lapel pin or a watch hook as intended, but may also be an excellent candidate for a conversion to a stationary necklace or even a pendant. With rich symbolism, lovely make, and a unique aesthetic, this brooch is a collector’s dream.
- Stone Type: Ruby
- Stone Count: Three (3)
- Stone Dimensions: on average, 1.96 x 2.01 x 1.25 mm each ( measured within mount so as to preserve the piece's integrity)
- Stone Carat Weight: 0.10 ctw; 0.034 ct each (by formula per the specific gravity of ruby)
- Stone Shape: Round faceted cut
Believed to have been fabricated just after the turn of the century, this Edwardian era brooch pulls double duty as an elegant accessory and a ladies watch hook pin. It is solid 18k buttery yellow gold, stamped as such to the reverse with “750”. This piece is fully articulated, appearing as a lifelike ribbon billowing in motion, and is a style of brooch that actually has roots in Louis XIV’s (1643-1715) French court. The Marquise de Sévigné, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal (1626-1696), was an aristocrat and member of court in Versailles, and is the namesake of this style jewel. Such Sévigné brooches were symmetrical, multi-looped (usually three to four loops) and knotted, worn low and central on the bust, with ribbon tails dangling provocatively below.
The brooch at present is a chic variation of the historic original, and exhibits the same features in sleek, feminine form. While the necessity of a watch hook is a bit obsolete today, the piece may still be comfortably and fashionably worn with no notice of the hook. It is a sizable accessory, with a trio of pink semi-translucent rubies set in tall claw prongs in the center. The surrounding ribbons are gold-bodied with vivid cobalt enameling throughout. The enamel shows areas of wear, some loss along edges and imperfections that are to be expected of pre-loved antiques. All such characteristics are commensurate with the piece’s age and affectionate use, and ought to be anticipated by prospective buyers. Even so, this brooch is very colorful and cheerful, with a symbolic message to boot:
An arrangement of eleven flowers are dispersed throughout the ribbon, three on each loop and one on each tail. These floral elements represent stylized Forget-Me-Not blooms. Forget-Me-Nots come to life in spring and early summer, and have been used within historic jewelry for hundreds of years as a love letter of sorts. Forget-Me-Nots have long been exchanged between lovers separated by distance and unavoidable circumstances, gifted in humble reassurance of fidelity and respect. In tandem, the billowing loops of the brooch recall the “lover’s knot” motif, which symbolizes the security and steadfastness of love. Last, rubies illustrate courage in the face of adversity as well as self-fortifying passion for life. The fact that these are set as a trilogy expresses the unity of the number, as the inherent harmony of “3” renders it the strongest constitution.
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