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Cartier Mid 20th century Gold, Ruby and Emerald Bird Brooch by Cartier

London, 1962

The bird in profile perched upon a cut stem, with long beak and tail feathers. All over engraved with a feather finish, an oval cabochon ruby forming the eye, a circle cluster of cabochon emeralds to the body, a diamond accent to the stem.


Silversmith Biography

Cartier is a French jewellery house founded in 1847 by Louis-Francois Cartier. The house's history started when Louis-Francois Cartier took over master-craftsman Adolphe Picard's atelier in Paris and began creating elegant jewellery recognisable for the use of platinum. The French aristocracy was soon enchanted by the fine jewellery, andvPrincess Mathilde, niece of Napoleon I, made her first purchase in 1856. Three years later, the Empress Eugenie joined the list of Cartier admirers, and in 1859, Cartier opened a boutique on the Boulevard des Italiens in Paris. In 1899, Alfred and his son Louis Cartier created the first fine wrist watch with diamonds. The piece was a great success, and that same year, 1899, a new Cartier boutique was inaugurated in Paris, at 13 Rue de la Paix, that would go on to become the hub of the house's expertise.


Signed Cartier serial number l6985 (or l0985)

Mid 20th century Gold, Ruby and Emerald Bird Brooch by Cartier Reference: 23499.1