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Monday, 24 October 2011

RUSER: A diamond flower brooch

William Ruser gained his early jewellery experience while working for Trabert & Hoeffer, Inc- Mauboussin in their Atlantic City shop. From there he was transferred to the Los Angeles branch as manager. After serving in the armed forces during World War II, he and his wife, Pauline, opened Ruser on Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, in 1947. He is most noted for his sculptural jewellery with pave-set diamonds, precious and semi-precious gemstones as well as his nature inspired jewellery featuring birds, butterflies, fish, flowers and swans. Hollywood stars regularly visited his salon. Ruser closed its doors in 1969.

The brooch above is a great example of his favourite designs, a pave set diamond flower brooch that could have inspired JAR! It will be auctioned in Geneva by Christie's on November 16th.