Simple elegance with a touch of luxury. That's how I think of this Edwardian pin. The delicate symmetry and elegance are simply stunning. The diamonds weave over and under the rubies, all centering around a natural pearl. Here we see not only the lightness and delicacy so beloved in Edwardian pieces, but also the geometrical lines and mixtures of colors that would become so popular in the Art Deco Period. A piece of this quality, in materials and execution, would undoubtedly have been owned by a fine Edwardian lady, and considered both chic and modern. There is nothing of Victorian stuffiness about this brooch, with the use of platinum (which was a new metal for a new self-consciously modern age) and the lightness and vibrancy that flows through it. So beautiful and so well made, that even now, a hundred years later, it is not its age that first captures the attention but the beauty forever inherent in it.
A word about how to wear brooches, probably the most underappreciated type of jewelry. They can start out pinned to a blouse, but they can go almost anywhere from there. A pin to pendant convertor makes it a necklace, or it can be fastened to a headband, fascinator, hat, coat, scarf, handbag, or pretty much anything you can think of. I've put up a few pictures to help inspire new ways to show off these dazzling treasures.
Condition: Perfect. All original. All stones present, well set, and sparkling! Fittings, everything else original and lovely. Measures 1 3/8" by 7/8". Approximately 75 points (3/4 of a carat) of diamond, 75 points of ruby, and a natural pearl. Platinum on top of 18 kt gold.