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Cartier Pair of Lapis Lazuli Ladybug Brooches


These charming lapis lazuli ladybug gold brooches with delightful diamond spots were a Cartier classic, first introduced in the late 1930s by Jeanne Toussaint, the Creative Director who led the return of the major French houses to themes of naturalism. World cultures welcome the beloved beetle as a sign of luck, so wear this iconic Cartier gold insect in the spirit of good fun and fortune. Sold exclusively as a matching set.

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Item #: BO-16581
Artist: Cartier, Paris
Country: France, retailed in the Americas
Circa: 1960s
Size: 1" length, 1" width
Materials: 12 Round brilliant-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.60 carat); 2 Carved lapis lazuli cabochons; 18K Gold; Platinum; Together with signed Cartier box
Signed: “Cartier Inc.,” Cartier makers mark, “#0584,” and “France, 18K #2120,” both with French control marks
Literature: Similar brooch pictured in Amazing Cartier, by Nadine Coleno, Flammarion, 2008, p. 44-45

Cartier's ladybug brooches belong to a group of whimsical jewelry designed in the 1930s under Jeanne Toussaint, that included surrealist and totemic touches permeating from the art world of the period.