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Jean Schlumberger Pink Tourmaline and Sapphire “Étoile de Mer” Starfish Brooch



This dramatically oversized gemmy starfish brooch set with pink tourmalines, sapphires, and diamonds, mounted in gold and platinum, was designed by Jean Schlumberger and dates from the mid 1940s, when Schlumberger, just arrived to New York from Paris, and opened his own luxe boutique on 57th Street. Inspired by the vivid coloration of sea stars in nature, Schlumberger set the high relief form with sumptuous pink tourmalines edged by pear-shaped blue sapphires, highlighted by diamond mêlée, all dynamically patterned by criss-crossing textured gold. Wearing this vibrantly colored and lively starfish conveys the special joy in the beauty and diversity of marine life that so animated the young artist’s talent and imagination in his innovative early years. Artist: Jean Schlumberger, New York Country: United States Circa: 1945 Size: 3.625” length, 3.75” width Materials: 14 Oval-cut pink tourmaline (approximate total weight 9.10 carats); 30 Pear-cut sapphires (approximate total weight 4.80 carats); 30 Round brilliant-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 1.50 carats); 18K Gold; Platinum Signed: "Schlumberger" Literature: For a discussion of Schlumberger’s society and intellectual clientele, and his love of exotic sea creatures, see Tiffany Jewels, by John Loring, pp. 195-198


  • Creator
  • Metal
    Gold,18k Gold,Yellow Gold,Platinum
  • Stone
    Diamond,White Diamond,Sapphire,Blue Sapphire,Tourmaline
  • Stone Cut
    Oval Cut
  • Weight
    9.1 ct
  • Dimensions
    Width: 3.75 in. (95.25 mm)Length: 3.625 in. (92.08 mm)
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: BO-200001stDibs: LU8912107912

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    Ships From: New York, NY
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