Dating to ca. 1700, this beautiful and highly important "arrow motif" diamond jabot pin comes straight from my own collection of pre-Georgian jewelry, but I have reluctantly decided to "de-access" it in order to purchase new stock, and I am thrilled to present it for the consideration of my Ruby Lane customers.
This museum-quality French jabot pin is a genuinely fine example of court-grade jewelry of the turn of the 18th-century. This astonishing jewel would have embellished the jabot or neck cloth of a VERY wealthy gentleman, possibly a French courtier, and is no less wearable today than it was over 300 years ago!
The top of the jabot pin boasts a center rose-cut diamond of extreme clarity and great brilliance. This pear-shaped diamond weighs approx. 3/4 ct., and measures 5 mm x 5.5 mm. Surrounding this dazzling stone are 13 additional rose-cut diamonds of approx. 6-8 pts. each. The frame of the terminal is open work, and set with 7 additional diamond "sparks" of approx. 4 pts. each.
The terminal of this jewel features as round "keeper" set with a center, table-cut diamond of approx. 12 pts., framed by eight additional table-cut diamonds of approx. 6 pts. each. The use of the rose-cut replaced the table cut in diamonds ca. 1680; mixed cuts were not unusual in the first decade of the 18th century, but it is possible that this portion of the jabot pin was crafted from an earlier, 17th-century jewel. However, the patina is identical to that of the top of the jewel, so it is likely original.
This sparkling treasure retains its original steel pin with hand-finished point. The pin measures 4" long. The top of the pin measures 1" x 2/3", and the bottom diamond-set terminal measures 1/2" in diameter. This pin weighs 7.4 grams. The reverse of the terminal features the convex mounting and beautiful engravings often found on early 18th-century jewelry.
All of the diamonds in this jewel have been tested with a Mizar tester. All of the stones are set in pushed-up, foiled, closed-back mountings of sterling silver (unmarked but tested). All of the diamonds are intact, and appear to be original to the pin. The steel pin is intact, but shows expected surface wear.
Suitable for wear by a lady or as an impressive tie pin for an aesthetic gentleman, this jewel is in near-pristine condition, and with proper care, should last another 300 years at least! This jewel lights up on anything you wear it with, and think of the story you will be able to tell when you get countless compliments on this fine pin! A COA/Valuation will accompany this jewel to its new home for no extra cost.
If you have always longed for a fine diamond jewel which will take you straight back to the Palace of the Sun King, this Louis XIV era jabot pin is sure to thrill! it will make a superb and HIGHLY wearable investment-quality jewel for the discerning collector.
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