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A pearl, ruby and diamond butterfly brooch, circa 1900 Mounted en tremblant, the wings pavé-set with old brilliant and rose-cut diamonds and decorated with bouton pearls of golden tint, the body set with a cushion-shaped ruby, the thorax with a bouton pearl, the eyes with cabochon rubies, mounted in silver and gold, French assay mark, width 5.3cm