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Tiffany & Co. Jadeite Brooch


Created by Tiffany & Co, in the late 19th century, this brooch is composed of jadeite jade and 18K gold. The rectangular jadeite plaque is carved as a flowering prunus vine set within an applied bead and wirework mount with flanking multiple-petal flower motifs, reverse with engraved geometric and foliate devices. This richly colored and multi-textured brooch artfully fuses the Chinese art of jade carving with ancient global techniques of goldsmithing.

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Item #: BO-20185
Artist: Tiffany & Co.
Circa: Early 20th century
Size:  2.00” length x 0.75” width
Materials: Carved jadeite jade; 18K gold
Signed: Tiffany & Co. 18K
Literature: A bracelet in carved jadeite and 18K gold with similar applied goldwork beads and wirework florets, designed by Louis Tiffany and dated c. 1915, is pictured in Tiffany Colored Gems, by John Loring, New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2007, p. 163.

With the fall of the Qing dynasty in 1912, precious carved hard stones and gems -jadeite, nephrite, tourmalines - arrived in European and American markets, where they found eager collectors. The prunus blossom symbolizes prosperity, renewal and endurance.