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Vintage Tiffany & Co. Sapphire and Diamond Open Flower Brooch 18 Karat Gold

$5,500

About

This exquisite vintage sapphire and diamond chestnut brooch by Tiffany & Co. is a true work of art. Featuring an intricate botanical design, incredible attention to detail and a "surprise" open and closing petal filled with sparkling gemstones, this stunning brooch will become one of your most treasured pieces. This unique Tiffany piece is made of solid 18 karat yellow gold. The 4 life-like leaves and stem have a textured, polished finish, while the 2 flowers / seed pods have a spiky, brushed finish. The larger flower on the left features 4 individual hinged petals that open and close easily. Clustered in the center of those petals are 14 prong set round blue sapphires and a single round brilliant diamond, F in color and VS1 in clarity. There are also 2 additional sapphires set throughout the piece. The pin is arranged in a vertical layout with a slight curve to it, and features a secure hinged pin and clasp on back. This is a vintage piece in very good estate condition, aside from some minor wear marks on the back. It has an independent appraisal from Jewelry Appraisal and Gemological Institute, confirming authenticity, with a value of $6,799.00. Metal: 18 Karat Yellow Gold Natural Diamonds: .13 ctw Natural Sapphires: 1.70 ctw Weight: 25.00 grams Diameter: 23.58 mm Length: 2.13" Width: (closed) 1.36" Width: (open) 1.57" Stamped: Tiffany & Co 18K

Details

  • Creator
  • Metal
    18k GoldYellow GoldGold
  • Stone
    Diamond,Sapphire
  • Stone Cut
    Round Cut
  • Weight
    25 g
  • Dimensions
    Height: .67 in. (17.02 mm)Width: 1.36 in. (34.55 mm)Length: 2.13 in. (54.11 mm)
  • Place of Origin
    Unknown
  • Period
    Mid-20th Century
  • Date of Manufacture
    Unknown
  • Condition
    Polished.
  • Seller Location
    Scottsdale, AZ
  • Reference Number
    Seller: B0002321stDibs: LU1799210528832

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    Ships From: Scottsdale, AZ
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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About Tiffany & Co. (Designer)

Tiffany & Co. is one of the most prominent purveyors of luxury goods in the United States, and has long been an important arbiter of style in the design of diamond engagement rings. A young Franklin Delano Roosevelt proposed to his future wife, Eleanor, with a Tiffany ring in 1904. Vanderbilts, Whitneys, Astors and members of the Russian imperial family all wore Tiffany & Co. jewels. And Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis preferred Tiffany china for state dinners at the White House.


Although synonymous with luxury today, the firm started out rather modestly. Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young founded it in Connecticut as a “stationery and fancy goods emporium” in 1837, at a time when European imports still dominated the nascent American luxury market. In 1853, Charles Tiffany — who in 1845 had launched the company’s famed catalog, the Blue Book, and with it, the firm’s signature robin’s-egg blue, which he chose for the cover — shifted the focus to fine jewelry. In 1868, Tiffany & Co. gained international recognition when it became the first U.S. firm to win an award for excellence in silverware at the Exposition Universelle in Paris. From then on, it belonged to the pantheon of American luxury brands.


At the start of the Gilded Age, in 1870, Tiffany & Co. opened its flagship store, described as a "palace of jewels" by the New York Times, at 15 Union Square West in Manhattan. Throughout this period, its designs for silver tableware, ceremonial silver, flatware and jewelry were highly sought-after indicators of status and taste. They also won the firm numerous accolades, including the grand prize for silverware at the Paris Exposition of 1878. Among the firm’s glittering creations from this time are masterworks of Art Nouveau jewelry, such as this delicate aquamarine necklace and this lavish plique-à-jour peridot and gold necklace, both circa 1900.


When Charles Lewis Tiffany died, in 1902, his son Louis Comfort Tiffany became the firm’s design director. Under his leadership, the Tiffany silver studio was a de facto design school for apprentice silversmiths, who worked alongside head artisan Edward C. Moore. The firm produced distinctive objects inspired by Japanese art and design, North American plants and flowers, and Native American patterns and crafts, adding aesthetic diversity to Tiffany & Co.’s distinguished repertoire.


Tiffany is also closely associated with diamonds, even lending its name to one particularly rare and exceptional yellow stone. The firm bought the Tiffany diamond in its raw state from the Kimberley mines of South Africa in 1878. Cut to create a 128.54-carat gem with an unprecedented 82 facets, it is one of the most spectacular examples of a yellow diamond in the world. In a broader sense, Tiffany & Co. helped put diamonds on the map in 1886 by introducing the American marketplace to the solitaire diamond design, which is still among the most popular engagement-ring styles. The trademark Tiffany® Setting raises the stone above the band on six prongs, allowing its facets to catch the light. A lovely recent example is this circa-2000 platinum engagement ring. Displaying a different design and aesthetic (but equally chic) is this exquisite diamond and ruby ring from the 1930s.

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