1950s Sapphire and Diamond Floral SprayIrene Byrne & Co
We love this gorgeous floral spray brooch of diamonds and dapphires. From circa 1950s, we have 5 emerald cut and 2 pear shape cut sapphires of a beautiful royal blue colour totalling 3.50ct, set with 62 old cut diamonds totalling 5.50ct, all set in 18ct white gold, in a spray of flowers, tied together with a band of diamonds. The flowers are reminiscent of the native to Australia Flannel Flower. Brooches such as this, to us are the ultimate accessory, in that people tend to invest in rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings before thinking of brooches. Making brooches of this caliber a luxury really, a beautiful piece to pin to one’s clothing for that little bit of extra.
Gemstone: Sapphire and Diamond
Carat: 7 Sapphires = 3.50ct
62 Diamonds = 5.50ct
Cut: Sapphires = Emerald Cut and Pear Shape
Diamonds = Old Cut
Colour: Majority F to H
Clarity: VS to P1
Mid 20th Century (1950 - 1970):
Through the 50s and 60s the hair was bigger, the dresses were bigger and the jewellery followed suit. Women wore more extravagant pieces than ever before and men opted for lots of gold. Cartier introduced jewellery depicting leopards and panthers and from then on each jewellery house did the same. Van Cleef & Arpels created bejewelled animals and flowers and Bulgari had its Serpentini line. Cocktail Rings were something a woman could simply not be seen without particularly in the US where a ‘Cocktail Party’ was the most stylish event you could be invited to.