Leaves of three, let it be!

Antique diamond brooch in the shape of a poison ivy, circa 1890

"Leaves ot three, let it be!" - this catchy rhyme is known to every child in the United States. It is used to warn against the poison ivy plant (Rhus toxicodendron), which is widespread in the forests of eastern North America. This plant, which grows as a small shrub or climbing plant, is known and infamous as "Poison Ivy." It contains the plant poison urushiol, which causes an extremely unpleasant skin rash in most people when the leaves are touched. It seems a bit paradoxical that it was this plant that inspired a goldsmith to create this brooch from around 1890 - especially since in the 19th century the symbolic language of flowers and plants was widely used and understood in the field of jewellery. Presumably, however, our brooch should be seen with a wink. After all, it was the era of so-called Novelty Jewellery, which was meant to attract attention through unusual or witty shapes and materials. Perhaps it was also a slightly hidden warning with which its wearer wanted to keep away all too pushy suitors at a ball, for example.... In any case, the jewel's sumptuous appointments are captivating at first glance. The characteristically tripartite leaf unfolds from an elegantly curved stem. Its surface is completely paved with a total of 105 diamonds in the historic old and rose cuts. The approximately 2.40 carats of diamonds transform the jewel into a glistening play of white light reflections. The back of the brooch is made of high-carat gold, which does not rub off when worn. The front, on the other hand, is made of silver, whose light patination gives the piece a special depth and shows off the diamonds beautifully. We discovered this unusual piece of jewellery in London. The brooch is in very good condition and thanks to its not too large size, it is also an elegant companion for everyday wear. Enclosed we show an illustration of the poison ivy from the Hand-Atlas sämmtlicher medicinisch-pharmaceutischer Gewächse by Willibald Artus, Jena 1876.

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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.

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