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Brooch

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1930 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brooch or pendant of platinum composed of tiers set with brilliant and baguette cut diamonds and two cabochon emeralds

  • Credit Line:

    The Bettine, Lady Abingdon Collection. Bequeathed by Mrs T. R. P. Hole

  • Museum number:

    M.140-1987

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 55, shelf C, box 1

Dense concentrations of precious stones were characteristic of the jewellery of the 1920s and 1930s. They were ranked together in geometric patterns and held by the most delicate and discreet platinum settings. This brooch is based on stylised naturalistic ornament, suggesting perhaps water or foliage.

The faceted white diamonds, both brilliant and baguette-cut, contrast with the cabochon emeralds. These emeralds, like the form of the diamond motifs, suggest an Eastern influence. The jewel can be worn either as a brooch, or with the frame detached, as a flexible pendant.

Physical description

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Brooch or pendant. Platinum, composed of tiers set with brilliant and baguette cut diamonds, rising from (or descending beneath, according to use) two loops, one centered by a cabochon emerald. Another cabochon emerald is mounted at the pendant catch.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

ca. 1930 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Brooch or pendant of platinum composed of tiers set with brilliant and baguette cut diamonds and two cabochon emeralds

Marks and inscriptions

Marked on gallery: lozenge containing VP with crossed arrows and French standard marks for platinum (dog's head twice)

Dimensions

Length: 11.5 cm, Width: 3.4 cm

Object history note

From the collection of Bettine, Lady Abingdon.

Descriptive line

Brooch or pendant, platinum set with diamonds. French, ca. 1930.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

'Jewels and Jewellery' Clare Phillips, V&A Publications, 2000
'The Bettine, Lady Abingdon Collection' Sarah Medlam, V&A Publications, 1996

Materials

Platinum; Diamond; Emerald

Categories

Jewellery

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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