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French Citrine and Amethyst Exotic Bird Clip Brooch

Created in the 1950s, this bird clip brooch is set with citrine, turquoise, amethyst and diamonds. It is designed as an exotic bird with cabochon amethyst head, diamond and turquoise cabochon body, and diamond-tipped feathers perched on a rectangular step-cut citrine rock. With its bright colors and form imbued with movement, this charming brooch expresses the playful glamor of the post-war era.

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Item #: BO-20876
Country: France
Circa: 1950s
Dimensions: 2.50" length x 2.00" width
Materials: 1 rectangular step-cut citrine (weighing approximately 19.50 carats; 4 cabochon turquoises; 1 oval cabochon amethyst (weighing approximately 6.10 carats); 40 old mine and old single-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.89 carat); 18K Gold
Signed: French assay mark and maker's mark, possible for GP

After World War II, leading French jewelers like Cartier, Van Cleef, Mauboussin and Sterlé turned to the dynamic creatures of the natural world, especially to marine and avian life. Creating jewels inspired by birds of paradise as well as more humble species from home, jewelers conveyed their lively forms and the exotic beauty of their plumage by juxtaposing the colors, cuts and textures of various precious gems and hardstones.