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Tutti Frutti Jewelry: Nature's Beauty in Art Deco

This exquisite Art Deco brooch, originating from France circa 1920, showcases abstract and geometric motifs, hallmarked in platinum and 18K white gold. Set with 42 old brilliant cut diamonds and smaller diamonds, it also features four sapphires and three emeralds, expertly polished and engraved as leaves. Inspired by Mother Nature, this Tutti Frutti piece beautifully fuses East and West aesthetics. A testament to the elegance and glamour of the Art Deco era, it embodies the spirit of the Roaring Twenties.

Antique jewelry object group: brooch

Condition: very good condition
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Country of origin: France

Style: Art Deco - Art Deco is an eclectic artistic and design style which had its origins in Paris in the first decades of the 20th century. The style originated in the 1920s and continued to be employed until after World War II. The term "art deco" first saw wide use after an exhibition in 1966, referring to the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes that was the culmination of high-end style modern in Paris. Led by the best designers in the decorative arts such as fashion, and interior design, Art Deco affected all areas of design throughout the 1920s and 1930s, including architecture and industrial design, as well as the visual arts such as painting, the graphic arts and film. At the time, this style was seen as elegant, glamorous, functional and modern.
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Style specifics: Abstract motives and geometrical forms are quite typical for the Art Deco period. Art Deco moved away from the soft pastels and organic forms of its style predecessor, Art Nouveau, and embraced influences from many different styles and movements of the early 20th century, including Neoclassical, Constructivism, Cubism, Modernism, and Futurism. Its popularity peaked in Europe during the Roaring Twenties and continued strongly in the United States through the 1930s. Although many design movements have political or philosophical roots or intentions, Art Deco was purely decorative.

Period: ca. 1920
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Source of inspiration: Mother Nature

Material: The brooch is in platinum and the pin in 18K white gold (as normal in that era and hallmarked as such)
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Extra information: Tutti Frutti - Jewelry like this, set with brightly colored gemstones polished as leaves are called "Tutti Frutti jewelry". The first Tutti Frutti piece was a necklace commissioned by Queen Alexandra and designed by Pierre Cartier in 1901. Tutti Frutti jewel designs are considered to be a perfect mix of East and West because they are made up of brightly colored gemstones (like sapphires, rubies and emeralds) carved using Indian techniques and set in French platinum and diamond mountings.The style became extremely popular during the 1920's, but it wasn't named 'Tutti Frutti' until 1970.

Diamonds: 42 old brilliant cut diamonds with a total estimated weight of approx. 2.94 crt. (approximate color and clarity G/J, vs/si) and ten smaller old brilliant cut diamonds with a total estimated weight of approx. 0.15 crt.
Note: All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.

Total diamond weight: approx. 3.09 crt.

Precious stones: Four sapphires and three emeralds, all polished and engraved as leaves.
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Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April, sapphire for September and emerald for May.
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Makers mark: The makers hallmark is eligible although we think we recognize the letter C as part of this hallmark.

Hallmarks: The French control marks representing an eagle’s head (that was in use in France from about 1838) next to the dog's head which is the official French hallmark for jewelry containing or made of platinum and that has been used since 1912..
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Dimensions: 2,88 cm (1,13 inch) x 2,78 cm (1,09 inch)

Weight: 9,30 gram (5,98 dwt)

Reference Nº: 16123-0060

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