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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Brooch

1875-1900 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Platinum, first found in South America, though strong and resistant to tarnish was seldom used in jewellery because of its rarity and the high temperature required to melt it. Its modern role for setting diamonds dates back to about 1870 although it did not become widespread until around 1900.

Diamonds were no longer reserved for grand occasions. By about 1900 it was even fashionable to wear them in the morning, a change in taste encouraged by the flow of stones from South Africa which began in the late 1860s.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Platinum and gold, set with diamonds, a ruby, a natural pearl and an emerald
Brief Description
Platinum and gold, a butterfly set with diamonds and a ruby, a natural pearl and an emerald, Marcus & Co, New York, 1875-1900.
Physical Description
Brooch in the form of a butterfly. Platinum and gold, set with diamonds, a ruby, a natural pearl and an emerald.
Dimensions
  • Length: 4cm
  • Width: 4cm
  • Depth: 1.5cm
Marks and Inscriptions
Stamped M & Co (On reverse.)
Credit line
Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein.
Subject depicted
Summary
Platinum, first found in South America, though strong and resistant to tarnish was seldom used in jewellery because of its rarity and the high temperature required to melt it. Its modern role for setting diamonds dates back to about 1870 although it did not become widespread until around 1900.



Diamonds were no longer reserved for grand occasions. By about 1900 it was even fashionable to wear them in the morning, a change in taste encouraged by the flow of stones from South Africa which began in the late 1860s.
Other Numbers
  • LOAN:AMERICANFRIENDS.188-2003 - Previous loan number
  • 144 - Goldstein Collection number
Collection
Accession Number
M.146-2007

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record createdMarch 5, 2008
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