TWO GOLD AND GEM-SET BROOCHES
One brooch depicting Cupid reeling in a marlin with a fishing rod, the waves set with baroque cultured pearls, accented by four round diamonds, additionally highlighted with two small round sapphires and a round ruby, signed Ruser; the other brooch composed of textured gold and designed as a marlin, the eye detailed with a cabochon ruby, signed M. Buccellati Italy. With box signed Mario Buccellati.
“Shoot for the moon. If you miss, you will land among the stars.” This was the advice most frequently given by Caroline P. Ireland and the guiding principle behind her own vivacious, almost voracious, approach to life. Among her many passions and talents, deep sea fishing was of particular interest to her, and she took part in numerous tournaments, winning the IFWA White Marlin Tournament in the Bahamas. The two brooches offered here are delightful reflections of her enduring love for the sport.
Ruser brooch: In good condition with minor scratches and discoloration to the metal in a few areas, commensurate with wear. The mounting stamped 14K PLAT for 14 karat gold and platinum. The diamonds estimated to weigh approximately 0.40 carat are approximately G-I color, predominantly SI clarity. The baroque cultured freshwater pearls are of creamy white to pinkish-purple body color, with moderate to strong rose, green and aubergine overtones and good luster. The sapphires are medium to medium dark blue, slightly included. The ruby is medium, strongly purplish red, slightly included. With evidence of repair and adhesive surrounding the pearls and one of the diamonds, not readily apparent when worn. Measuring approximately 1⅝ x 2¾ inches. Buccellati brooch: In good condition with minor scratches and discoloration to the metal in a few areas, commensurate with wear. The mounting stamped 750 for 18 karat gold. The cabochon ruby is medium, strongly purplish red, moderately included. Length measuring approximately 2⅞ inches
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