Jewel of the day: Belle Epoque Antique Fleur-de-Lys Brooch

The fleur-de-lys has long been used as an emblem, and for most, makes one think of all things Gallic. This piece, offered by Romanov Russia, is described by them this way: “Circa 1900. This superbly modeled antique fleur-de-lis brooch is finely handcrafted in silver topped 14K gold (front – silver, back – gold). The brooch is densely set with bright white and sparkly old European, old cushion and old rose cut diamonds (mostly F-G color, VS-SI clarity), and further embellished with a band of rubies and a very fine 9 mm pearl of a pale pinkish cream color. The pearl is surmounted by a silver cap embellished with small rose cut diamonds. The fleur-de-lis measures (without the pearl pendant) 38 x 35 mm (1 1/2 x 1 3/8 in.) Total length with the pearl is 52 mm (2 in.) Estimated total diamond weight is 4.60 ct. The biggest diamond is approximately 0.80 ct (G color, VS1 clarity).”

This is priced at USD$16,500.

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