From overseas to the Eiffel Tower

Large brooch with sapphires & 2.96 ct diamonds, probably USA, circa 1910

Two small hallmarks on the side of the present brooch let us know that it was imported to France, more precisely to Paris. What's more, it came there in the years after 1955, and it comes from a country with which France did not have a trade agreement at the time of hallmarking. There were and are only a few countries whose jewellery is hallmarked in this special way when imported into France, among them the Baltic States, Russia, but also the USA and Canada. Probably the brooch originated in North America, i.e. the USA or Canada. It shows exactly those stylistic characteristics which are typical for the jewellery of the Belle Époque: openwork in gold on silver, which in contrast to European work often leaves a larger space between the individual openings. This creates a particularly airy impression, which remained current throughout the 1910s (see, for example, as a comparison, the last illustration from a catalogue of Daniel Low & Co, Salem/Massachusets, 1917). The gold content of 14 carats is also common for North America. Possibly even the blue sapphires around which the composition is built are American stones. Sapphires were mined in Montana from 1895 onwards, so that they soon became sought-after gemstones, and not only in American jewellery of the Belle Époque. A dark sapphire occupies the center, while the two flanking stones have a lighter, pastel blue hue. A total of 78 old-cut and rose-cut diamonds weighing almost three carats together frame the sapphires, heightening their colour effect by contrast. The brooch is beautifully preserved - and a perfect piece of jewellery for anyone who can't decide whether they'd rather dream of New York or Paris.

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