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Wednesday, 4 May 2011

An Egyptian Art Deco brooch by CARTIER

A great example of the Egyptian trend in Art Deco!. This brooch, made in the mid 1920's by Cartier, New York, epitomises the purest Art Deco style inspired in exotic cultures. The great french jewellers sought new sources of inspiration for the "modern" fine jewellery that allowed for the incorporation of coloured gemstones to the all white diamond pieces that had been the rule of elegance until then. And they found it in India, China, Egypt and even in Japan. The Egyptian pieces were extremely popular because of their geometrical design which was another sign of modernity then.

This brooch is made in platinum and set with cabochon sapphires, emeralds and a central ruby. It displays lotus flower and tassel motifs in the most perfect combination of coloured stones. Typical of these pieces, the diamonds are just there to accompany  and bring light to the colours.

It will be auctioned by Sotheby's Geneva on May 17th. Another one!