Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mastery of Design: The Cartier Mughal Emerald Dress Clip, c. 1935

Dress Clip
Cartier, 1935
This and all related images from The British Museum

The work of Cartier, an Seventeenth-Eighteenth Century, Mughal carved emerald is set in a diamond and platinum mount dating to 1935.  The clip brooch features a hinged fitting for the platinum double prong at the top and set with round and baguette-cut diamonds, forming a lotus-like flower head. 

The antique carved emerald at the front is adorned with a single bloom with radiating petals, the tips of which are flipped to create a three-dimensional effect. At the back, the carving depicts a triple leaf with surrounding foliage. 

The emerald is drilled with suspension holes at the top and the bottom in order to accommodate hanging on a necklace. 

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