Sunday, April 7, 2013

Mastery of Design: The Ostertag Brooch, 1927-1940

Ostertag, Paris
The Victoria & Albert Museum

A  brilliant work of platinum, white gold, baguette and brilliant-cut diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds, this handsome brooch is the work of Parisian jeweler Ostertag and dates between 1927-1940.

This is part of a suite of gems donated to the Victoria & Albert Museum in the last century. We have examined many of them already. They’re all related in their clever use of platinum and diamonds to contrast with bright, colored gemstones in dramatic patterns. 

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