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Art Deco Sapphire and Diamond Brooch

Art Deco sapphire and diamond brooch. (BR9556)

Sapphire and Diamonds

An Art Deco brooch with a bright blue sapphire and two sparkling diamonds set amid an intricate lattice of white gold filigree and stylized flower heads.  This shimmering jewel was created by Krementz & Co. in 14kt gold, circa 1925.

Art Deco sapphire and diamond brooch. (BR9556)

The detail of the intricate filigree work is mesmerizing.  Elongated bar brooches with fine tracery designs first found popularity in the Edwardian era (circa 1900 - 1915).  The jewels were sometimes described as "lace in precious metal."  This brooch dates from the 1920s and  reflects the influence of traditional Chinese fretwork on Art Deco design.  Art Deco jewelers were eclectic and far ranging in finding inspiration.

Art Deco sapphire and diamond brooch. (BR9556)

The beauty of this brooch is matched by the care with which it was crafted.  Note the crispness of the back of the cut-out work and the sturdy collet settings which secure the gemstones.  On a lapel or shoulder this striking jewel is secured with a strong pin stem and early safety clasp.  A bridge supports the long pin stem at the center.

Close-up of Krementz maker's mark. (BR9556)

The top of the clasp is stamped with the maker's mark of Krementz & Company (a stylized collar button) above the precious metal mark "14K".  Krementz was founded in the 1860s and created beautifully designed and finely crafted brooches, cufflinks and other jewels through much of the 20th century.

Name:  Sapphire and Diamonds

Cost:  $585

Measurements:  This elegant 14kt white and yellow gold brooch is just over 2 3/4 long and 5/16" wide.  It weighs 5.5 grams.

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