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Diamond and Ruby Dragonfly Brooch


Created in the late 19th century, this diamond and ruby dragonfly brooch containing approximately 11.00 carats of diamonds is set in silver-topped gold. The dragonfly is designed with an old European-cut diamond body, bead-set with stones graduating in size to approximately 1.10 carats at its head, accented by circular-cut ruby eyes, and flanked by pairs of patterned diamond wings, all mounted in patinated silver-topped 18K gold. With the scintillation and spectral fire of the antique-cut diamonds against the jewel’s dramatic dark patination, this glittering gem-set insect captures the magical iridescent qualities of nature itself.

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Item #: BO-20515
Circa: 1890
Size:  2.875” length x 2.50” width
Materials: 150 old European -cut diamonds (approximate total weight 11.00 carats); 2 round-cut rubies (approximate total weight 0.14 carat); Silver-topped 18K gold

After the influential displays of Japanese culture at the Exposition Universelle of 1867 in Paris, the dragonfly entered the European artistic consciousness as a symbol of power, beauty and renewal. The dragonfly is Japan’s national emblem, appearing universally in media from Samurai mixed metalwork to textiles to their earliest known ceramics.