CIRCA Purchase of the Day: Cartier Butterfly Brooch

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

During the late 1940’s, there was a shift towards naturalism in the jewelry world. Brooches such as this Cartier butterfly became the ideal ornament to pin at the side of one’s decolletage for a glamorous look. The bold design, sculptural quality and use of segmented yellow gold in this piece make this jewel extremely life-like. Raised lapis lazuli discs with bezel set faceted rubies bear a close resemblance to the US native Buckeye butterfly, and the pave diamonds on the scalloped edges of the jeweled wings complete the look. The attention to detail within this piece is quite remarkable, with the lapis segmented body, diamond antennae and eyes. Craftsmanship of this quality is difficult to find these days, making pieces like this very popular with collectors.

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