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Diamond Sailfish Brooch


Dating from the 1950s, this platinum and diamond brooch depicts a charming glistening sailfish. Various triangular and trapezoidal fancy-cut diamonds unify to create the fish’s impressive fins, while its body is composed of pave-set round brilliant-cut diamonds with a red ruby eye. This beautifully-made brooch achieves an intriguing depiction of the ocean’s most nautically streamlined creature in fancy-cut diamonds and white light.

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Item #: BO-18661
Circa: Mid-20th century
Size: 2.50" length, 1.50" width
Materials: 21 Mixed fancy-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 3.00 carats); 48 Round brilliant-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 1.50 carats); Cabochon ruby; Platinum

Fancy-cut diamond shapes first proliferated in the Art Deco period as fascination with geometric forms inspired jewelry designers and diamantaires alike, while the exuberance of the 1920s mitigated any concern for the wastefulness of these glamorous cuts. Experimental shapes such as kites, bullets, half moons and trillions graced opulent strap bracelets, geometric clips and the shoulders of sculptural gem-set rings.