'The scrolling lines of this brooch, gold set with freshwater pearls, diamonds and demantoid garnets, combine historical, rococo elements with the sinuous curves of Art Nouveau. Such a combination may have been especially well received in America, where many did not react favourably to Art Nouveau’s wilder statements: In 1901 the Jewellers’ Circular and Horological Review commented that some pieces of Art Nouveau jewellery were perhaps ‘more fitted for the case of the collector than for…
PEARL, RUBY AND DIAMOND BROOCH/PENDANT, LATE 19TH CENTURY Centring on a baroque pearl, framed by a floral and foliate garland surmounted by a pair of doves, set with cabochon and circular-cut rubies and rose-cut diamonds, suspending a pearl drop, detachable brooch fitting, hinged bail.
Circa 1890 Edwardian diamond and blister pearl pendant. The drop-shaped blister pearl with applied diamond and rose-cut diamond serpent, to an old-cut diamond scroll border, old brilliant-cut diamond collet surmount and old-cut diamond bow top with three stone pendant loop.
Since antiquity the legendary griffin, with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion, has symbolized courage and loyalty and is considered a great and majestic protector. In this fanciful and richly detailed gold pendant, the griffin is protecting not only the wearer, but a shimmering baroque pearl. Suspended from an 18" chain, this marvelous creature measures 1 inch long and 1 1/4 inches wide.