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Enchanted Carriage: A Vintage Fifties Mellerio-Inspired Gold Brooch

Looking forward to whatever road lying ahead, this Italian Fifties 18K gold carriage built in Mellerio style has the ability to carry you to any gala you could ever imagine.

As your fairy godmother, Adin promises that the coach won't change into a pumpkin, so even after midnight you can count on these white gold wheels to take you away in this yellow gold frame with diamonds and sapphires embedded in whimsical opaline enamel as the white gold lanterns light your path. However, the driver's got a mind of his own, being a former horse as you know.

Antique jewelry object group: brooch

Condition: very good condition
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Country of origin: Italy

Style: Vintage Fifties (of the twentieth century)
  -  See also: Fifties (of the twentieth century) or more info on styles

Style specifics: This type of jewelry is very specific for the fifties of the twentieth century. All sorts of animals were used as source of inspiration for the goldsmiths. Made in gold and decorated with enamel and precious stones, the result of their labour most of the times well-made, clever and cute.

Period: ca. 1950
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Source of inspiration: Although this jewel is NOT signed Mellerio it has all characteristics of a typical Mellerio jewel. Even more, this model is typically a Mellerio model.

Theme: carriage

Material: 18K bi-color (yellow and white) gold
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Technique: Enamelling is an old and widely-adopted technology. The ancient Egyptians applied enamels to pottery and stone objects. The ancient Greeks, Celts, Russians, and Chinese also used enameling processes on metal objects. Enamel is the colorful result of fusing powdered glass to a substrate by firing, usually between 750 and 850 degrees Celsius. The powder melts and flows and hardens to a smooth, durable vitreous coating on metal, glass or ceramic. According to some sources, the word enamel comes from the High German word smelzan (to smelt) via the Old French esmail. Used as a noun, "an enamel" is a usually small decorative object, coated with enamel coating, such as a champlevé or a cloisonné (different techniques).

Extra information: Mellerio - François Mellerio (1772-1843) created the foundations of the current house, MELLERIO dits MELLER. Set up at 4, rue du Coq-Saint-Honoré (today rue Marengo), his establisment rapidly grew under the Empire, thanks to Empress Josephine who bought small items from him and attracted in her wake the Emperor's family, the new nobility and the old aristocracy standing together. In 1815 at the end of the Empire, he transferred the house to 22, rue de la Paix and in the following year went into partnership with his brother Jean-Jacques. Highly prized by the Orleans family, his most important customer, Mellerio was elevated, after the accession of the Duc d'Orléans to the throne in 1830, to the rank of official supplier to Queen Marie-Amélie, King Louis-Philippe and the royal family.

During the period of the economic crisis caused by the 1848 Revolution, the two brothers thought up the project of setting up an establissement in Spain, which was accomplished in 1850 with the opening of a shop in Madrid "Mellerio-Hermanos" which rapidly received large orders from Queen Isabelle II and the grandees of Spain. The Second Empire was one of the finest periods for the Mellerio house in Paris. Worthy heirs of their forebears François (born in 1943) and Olivier (born in 1945) the current managers are carrying on this high level of know-how, which warrants that the House is a member of the Comité Colbert and the High Jewelers of France.
(Check our glossary for more info on Mellerio)

Diamond(s): Two brilliant cut diamonds with an estimated weight of ± 0.02ct.
One baguette (long rectangular) cut diamond with an estimated weight of ± 0.03ct.

Total diamond count: Three pcs.

Total diamond weight: approx. 0.05 crt. with an average colour and clarity: F/H, vs/si.

- All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since stones are not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting. Also we have all diamonds screened by the IJGC - lab ( for whether they are natural or synthetic, and all diamonds in this jewel are 100% guaranteed to be natural!

Precious stones: Four sapphires . We did not check if the sapphires are lab produced or not as this information has no influence on the value of this jewel. Natural sapphires and lab produced sapphires were both used in this era, rather more for their effect than for their intrinsic value. with an estimated weight of ± 0.12ct.
- All color stone weights are approximate since stones are not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.

Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April and sapphire for September.
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Hallmarks: "750" indicating 18K gold and "160AL" as master mark for Lunati in Allesandria, Italy
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Dimensions: height 4,10 cm (1,61 inch)

Weight: 14,60 gram (9,39 dwt)

Reference Nº: 19220-0011

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Enchanted Carriage: A Vintage Fifties Mellerio-Inspired Gold Brooch
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