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Unisex Brooch with Coral, Sapphires & Diamonds

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I was afraid to hold this. I was afraid to touch it. The woman removed it from the display case where it was tucked in the very back where the light did not quite reach and placed it in my outstretched hand. "It's Art Nouveau," she told me. "I've had this forever." How was that possible? Who could pass by this, see what it actually was, then move along as if nothing had happened? A 60 mm tall, 61 mm wide branch of natural angel skin coral wears six 2 mm wide solid gold shackles, to which is attached a royal blue natural sapphire hand-carved into a fruit & leaf form that dangles freely from a hoop. On the two shackles which surround the main trunk of the coral branch is a rectangular box of white gold set with two tiny old-cut diamonds. A brooch pin is found on the reverse but no hallmarks or maker's marks anywhere. Seaman Schepps created a similar brooch with similarly-carved sapphires. Striking and quite unique; a bit eccentric but natural, organic, elemental. The sapphires —approximately 6.70 carats of them— are very high quality with excellent saturation and clarity as well. Carved sapphires frequently lack the clarity these gems display which makes this brooch exceptionally beautiful. The gold has deepened over time and a rich, warm yellow. The coral is so highly polished it at first looks to be porcelain. Only when the brooch is in your hand can you see it is, in fact, a gem from the sea. I've not seen another brooch quite like this magnificent antique jewel.

Details

  • In the Style Of
    Art Nouveau
  • Place of Origin
    Unknown
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1910
  • Period
    1910-1919
  • Metal
    18k Gold
  • Stone
    Coral,Diamond,Blue Sapphire
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    A pair of faint hairlines coincide with soldered portions of the gold straps. The coral is not cracked and is stable; the faint hairlines appear to have been created during the creation of the piece. Visible with loupe and side-lighting.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 2.37 in. x W 2.41 in.H 60 mm x W 61 mm
  • Weight
    11.73 g
  • Seller Location
    Southbury, CT
  • Reference Number
    LU158917984712
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About the Seller

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Located in Southbury, CT
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