Lot 1694
  • 1694


1,100,000 - 1,500,000 HKD
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Of floral design, centring upon a cluster of ruby beads with collet-set single-cut diamond finials, to the petals embellished with brilliant-cut diamonds and buff-top rubies, cluster centre detachable and can be worn as a clip brooch, signed Cartier, numbered, French assay marks, circa 1950.


Cluster centre signed Cartier, numbered 10160; petals signed Cartier, with indistinct numbered 4110100; both with French import assay marks for metal below minimum French fineness standard. Metal tested as white, yellow and pink gold. Ruby beads estimated to weigh approximately 20.00 - 25.00 carats in total, of medium to medium dark tone, pinkish to purplish red colour and medium to medium strong saturation, with typical inclusions and some are surface reaching, some chips, nicks and cavities; buff-top rubies of medium purplish pink colour and medium strong saturation, with some typical inclusions and a few are surface reaching, some nicks and a few minor chips; all examined under 10x magnification. Diamonds are bright and lively. Signs of minor wear to the metal commensurate with age. Overall in very good condition.
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Catalogue Note

Cartier Blooms Botanical motifs in jewelry have shown waves of reinvention throughout history. Defying boundaries and experimenting with ways mimicking patterns in nature alluding to floral designs, Cartier has stylized flowers in phases of bloom through the decades, capturing the softness and life of the flower, with the ageless beauty of precious gems and stones. Drawing inspiration from nature has been a constant theme for the Maison since its inception, with naturalistic motifs in designs apparent as early as the late 19th century.

Always seeking to craft pieces that go beyond expectations, Cartier's interpretations on floral jewels evolved throughout the ages. In 1931, Cartier created a floral brooch also using ruby beads as the flowerhead while decorating the petals as portrait diamonds – a special order for Sir Bhupindra Singh, Maharaja of Patiala. In 1949, by another special order, ruby beads were studded with collet-set diamonds as embellishments to a palm tree motif necklace.  These reimagined botanical motifs of flora and fauna are colourful and whimsical – a testament to Cartier being able to elevate the gems and metals to their fullest potential.

This ruby and diamond brooch is a beautiful example from the late 1940s to the early 1950s. The rich ruby beads decorate the flowerhead with collet-set diamonds, brought to life by the polished walls of its reflective white gold petals. Playing with the gift of light, these blooming petals has the effect of a dramatic illusion at every angle. Lot 1694 bears the charm of the Cartier imagination of the time, taking ordinary flowers and enhancing them into timeless jewels.