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Demantoid Garnet and Diamond Grasshopper Brooch


This Edwardian brooch depicts a cheerful grasshopper with a ruby eye in vivid spring green demantoid garnets and fiery old mine-cut diamonds, set in gold and platinum. Pavé-set critters—such as frogs, salamanders, birds—were beloved period jewels, pinned alone or in a small group along the neckline for a mini burst of flamboyant color.


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Item #: BO-16847
Country: Attributed to England
Circa: 1900-1910
Size: 1.375” length, 0.50” width
Materials: 38 Circular-cut demantoid garnets (approximate total weight 1.10 carats); 34 Old mine-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.60 carat); Circular-cut ruby; Platinum; 18K Gold

First mined in the Ural Mountains in the late 1860s, these demantoid garnets’ adamantine brightness is coupled with an exceptionally high dispersion, giving them the appearance green fire when grouped in pavé settings.