Blue flowers

Magnificent vintage brooch with chinese lapis carving & diamonds, around 1970

China has been a center of gemstone trade and cutting for thousands of years. The secrets of the guild are passed down and perfected from generation to generation. Gemstone cutters from China are therefore internationally sought-after experts to this day. China is particularly fond of opaque gemstones, such as jade, which already had a special cultural significance in the Middle Kingdom. But also the lapis lazuli, which we see in a decoratively carved form in the center of the present vintage brooch, has been coveted in China since ancient times. For the first time in the 6th century B.C., the blue gemstone from the mountains of Afghanistan reached China, where it was reserved for emperors alone for a long time. The brooch shows an oval tablet of speckled lapis lazuli depicting graceful chrysanthemum blossoms. The tablet was probably fitted with a setting of high-carat white gold in Europe in the years around 1970 and thus made wearable as a brooch. A total of forty-four white brilliant-cut diamonds enliven the design, giving it an elegant play of colors in blue and white, as we know from Chinese porcelain. The brooch came to us from Lower Saxony and is in very good condition.

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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.