Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Mastery of Design: An Art Deco Diamond and Emerald Pin, 1927

Platinum, Gold, Diamonds, Stained Chalcedony, Emeralds
French, 1927
The Victoria & Albert Museum

Retailed by French jeweler Lacloche Frères in 1927, this sumptuous pin is the height of Art Deco style. Designed in the shape of a stylized Cyprus tree, the pin showcases the popular black and white style which dominated jewelry design of the 1920’s. Here, again, we find that black onyx has been substituted with stained chalcedony. A shock of color comes from beautiful natural emeralds.

Set in platinum with white gold prongs, the pin was bequeathed to the Victoria and Albert Museum by Miss J.H.G. Gollan.


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