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Carrington & Co. Antique Ruby, Diamond and Pearl Crescent Brooch

Created in the 1890s by Carrington & Co., Regent Street, London, this English crescent moon brooch is composed of rubies, diamonds and a pearl. The brooch is designed as a tapering circular crescent moon of graduating old mine-cut diamonds edged by cushion-shape rubies, centering a pearl and diamond star motif, crossed by a knife edge bar with ruby and diamond terminals. A favorite motif with eternal charm, this star and crescent brooch offers a celestial touch of vivid color and brilliance.

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Item #: BO-21320
Artist: Carrington & Co., London
Country: England
Circa: 1890s
Dimensions: 2.00" length, 1.00" width.
Materials: 29 old mine-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 1.50 carats); 22 cushion shape rubies (approximate total weight 1.90 carats); 1 pearl; Silver-topped 18K Gold; With fitted, signed box
Signed: Unsigned, numbered 604, 37524

Carrington & Co., London, came to prominence as jewelers in the 1890s, winning royal warrants from the English and Russian royal families. The British royal family called on Carrington to set two of the diamonds cut by the Asscher family from the historic "Cullinan", the giant 3,106 carat type IIa discovered in the Premier Mine in South Africa. In its crystalline state, the Cullinan's three cleaved faces revealed that it had once been part of an even larger rough stone. The Cullinan III, a 94.4 carat pear or pendeloque shape, and IV, a 63.6 carat square cushion-cut, were cleverly mounted together in 1911 by Carrington as a platinum pendant brooch - the stones were separable and could be mounted into other royal jewels as well. The pendant rbooch still exists in the original Carrington setting.