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Lot 26: 18 carat Gold Brooch with Opals, Diamonds & Akoya-pearls, 1950

100 Rare and Fine Works of Art and Antiques

by Auctionata

December 7, 2012

Berlin, Germany

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  • 18 carat Gold Brooch with Opals, Diamonds & Akoya-pearls, 1950
  • 18 carat Gold Brooch with Opals, Diamonds & Akoya-pearls, 1950
  • 18 carat Gold Brooch with Opals, Diamonds & Akoya-pearls, 1950
  • 18 carat Gold Brooch with Opals, Diamonds & Akoya-pearls, 1950
  • 18 carat Gold Brooch with Opals, Diamonds & Akoya-pearls, 1950
  • 18 carat Gold Brooch with Opals, Diamonds & Akoya-pearls, 1950
  • 18 carat Gold Brooch with Opals, Diamonds & Akoya-pearls, 1950
  • 18 carat Gold Brooch with Opals, Diamonds & Akoya-pearls, 1950
  • 18 carat Gold Brooch with Opals, Diamonds & Akoya-pearls, 1950
   
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Description: Germany, around 1950
18 carat yellow gold and white gold
14 white opals (Overall weight of approx. 6 carat)
14 small Akoya pearls
5 brilliant-cut diamonds (overall weight of approx. 0.1 carat)
Organic shape and lovely play of colours
Overall weight: 10.65 grams
Diameter: 3 cm

This 1950s opal brooch of 18 carat yellow and white gold is decorated with small Akoya pearls and brilliant-cut diamonds. The fourteen white opals in different sizes and shapes, from small round ones to larger oval ones, are arranged organically in a garland shape. The opals change in colour and are interrupted, as if at random, by fourteen small Akoya pearls in three sizes. The different colours and textures of the brooch are emphasised by five brilliant-cut diamonds with an overall weight of approx. 0.1 carat mounted in white gold. The composition of the opals, Akoya pearls and brilliant-cut diamonds give the brooch a certain sparkle, dazzle and shine - a true play of colour!The brooch is in good condition with minimal traces of wear, but one opal is cracked. The reverse side is also a perfected work in artistic execution; however, the pin is slightly bent. The brooch features the purity mark 750 on the reverse. The overall weight is 10.65 grams and the diameter is 3 cm.

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