No lame duck!

Cute bird brooch with pearl & diamonds in white gold, probably USA, around 1980

Animal-shaped brooches have been all the rage since the 1960s. Each of the major jewellery houses had corresponding models in its range, which always lovingly exaggerated the peculiarities of the animals depicted in a cute and funny way. Van Cleef & Arpels stood out with their famous designs for a lion and a giraffe, but Cartier and Maubussin also had cats and dogs in their ranges. Here we have a cute duck in high-carat white gold, which, according to its fineness mark, probably originates from the United States. The bird is depicted in flight and gleams in precious materials. The body of the duck is formed by a large oval pearl whose fine luster shimmers in a cool platinum tone. The animal's wings, neck and head are entirely set with glittering diamonds. Only a red ruby, which serves as the bird's eye, adds a colorful accent and gives the feathered fellow a lively look. The very well preserved duck was created in the years around 1980 and came to us from Cologne. Its design, excellent workmanship and the brooch's high-quality materials make this piece of jewellery a very special "conversation piece" that is sure to elicit enthusiastic reactions not only from us.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

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.