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Tiffany & Co. "Sombrero" Flower Sapphire and Diamond Brooch


Jean Schlumberger captured the essence of the Sombrero Flower in this French-made, highly three-dimensional brooch for Tiffany & Co. with drooping, sapphire- and diamond-laden petals, and deeply-cleft, feathery gold edges. Drawing from what Schlumberger himself called, “the mysterious garden of the imagination," the designer conveys both the festive spirit of the sombrero and his appreciation of what he deemed to be the “sheer poetry” of nature. Pin this brooch to the strap or the sash of a gown for a burst of joyful and unusual beauty.

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Artist: Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co.
Country: France
Circa: 1955
Size: 1.50” length, 1.50” width
Materials: Round brilliant-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 2.95 carats); Round and oval-cut sapphires (approximate total weight 12.00 carats); 18K Gold; Platinum
Signed: “Tiffany & Co.," and "Schlumberger”
Literature: Brooch seen in Tiffany's 20th Century: Portrait of American Style, by John Loring, p. 147; as featured in Loring's book, this brooch was worn by a model in a photograph published in the June 1957 issue of Vogue

When asked the source of his prodigious creativity, Schlumberger answered that, “a certain frivolity permits the discovery of regions of unsuspected beauty.”