This fabulous brooch/pendant was crafted by the immensely popular and talented designed Marguerite Stix during her "shell jewelry period" c.1963-1974. It is comprised of her signature pink scallop shells, amethyst and chalcedony, all mounted in 14k gold. This piece measures 2 7/8" by 2 3/8" and weighs 29.6 grams.
Marguerite Stix (1907-1975) had an amazingly interesting life. Born in Vienna, she was forced to flee to Paris after the Nazi takeover of her birthplace in 1938. While in Paris, she sculpted and created clever ceramic buttons (metal being scarce during the war) which were immediately used by many haute couturiers, such as Schiaparelli, Lanvin and Patou. The Nazi's marched on Paris, and she was captured trying to flee south. Stix spent a year in a concentration camp in Gurs. She occupied time drawing and recording the people and her experiences there using lipstick and ink, as her only available mediums.
Stix arrived in NYC, nearly penniless, in 1941 where she continued to sculpt, draw, paint and express herself creatively. Sea shells fascinated her, and she co-authored The Shell: Five Hundred Million Years of Inspired Design with her husband Hugh Stix and R. Tucker Abbott. The resulting shell jewelry that she created was worn by all of the socialites and fashion mavens of the period, including Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis, Dina Merrill Robertson, the Mrs. Gould, Dupont, Hearst, Hutton, Wyatt, and more.
Her history is celebrated in this brooch, which remains modern and stylish today.