This is a truly elegant 18K solid gold brooch made by the renowned Swiss Jewelry House Carl Bucherer c.1960's. Two beautifully textured/brushed gold leaves are surrounded by gracefully shaped open work panels which hold sprays of 17 sparkling graduated rubies and 16 sapphires of excellent color and clarity. Each panel is bordered by delicate twisted gold to add interest and texture. A central set of three brilliant white diamonds twinkle against the mellow 18K gold of the leaves to complete the stylish design of this stunning and quite unusual piece. The brooch is secured by a swivel safety clasp and pin stem. Marked on back with 750 for 18K gold (also confirmed by acid testing) and CB as the Bucherer mark.
Approximate measurements of the brooch: 2" (5cm) long, 1.5" (3.7cm) high and 1/2" deep. Weight is 15 grams.
Gemstones: 3 x 1mm round brilliant cut diamonds - estimated carat weight 0.05 carats; 17 x faceted round rubies ranging in graduated size of 1mm, 1.5mm and 2mm - estimated carat weight 0.32 carats; 16 faceted round sapphires in graduated size of 1mm, 1.5mm and 2mm - estimated carat weight 0.31 carats. Total estimated carat weight of all stones - 0.7 carats.
The condition of this vintage piece is excellent. The stones are all securely prong set in 18K white gold. The quality of the work, and of the gems, as well as the design is commensurate of what is expected and delivered by this well known and highly collectible jeweler. Since it was founded 127 years ago, Carl Bucherer has long been considered a market leader in fine Swiss jewelry and watches and this brooch is a perfect example of the lasting elegance and quality of the exquisite pieces produced by this firm.
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