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Gold and Diamond Exotic Bird Brooch


This French exotic bird brooch, highlighted by diamonds, dates from the 1960s. Perched on a branch, the naturalistic bird with cabochon ruby eye and double-crested head has textured plumage and diamond mêlée scattered along its extended tail feathers. Charming and playful in spirit, this finely modeled brooch is a tribute to the beauty and diversity of birds.

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Item #: BO-18550
Country: France
Circa: 1960s
Size: 4.50” length, 1.25” width
Materials: Cabochon ruby (approximate total weight 0.02 carat); 5 Round brilliant-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.35 carat); 18K Gold
Signed: Unidentified maker’s mark, stamped "Deposé SSM"

When Parisian jewelry designers turned back to nature in the late mid-century after moving on from the machine age forms of the 1930s and 1940s, birds became a favorite motif. Their depiction ranged from humorous at Van Cleef & Arpels to stylized and dynamic at Pierre Sterlé to lively and naturalistic, as here.