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Sapphire and Diamond Brooch | 藍寶石 配 鑽石 胸針

Sapphire and Diamond Brooch | 藍寶石 配 鑽石 胸針

Sapphire and Diamond Brooch | 藍寶石 配 鑽石 胸針

Sapphire and Diamond Brooch

藍寶石 配 鑽石 胸針

Designed as a three-headed dragon, highlighted with circular-cut sapphires and brilliant-cut diamonds of bluish tint, mounted in 18 karat yellow gold, signed, British assay and maker's marks, with case.

Please note that the diamonds of bluish tint have not been tested for natural colour origin. Signed Jewellery Theatre, with British assay marks for 18k yellow gold and British maker's marks. Sapphires weighing a total of approximately 2.00 carats are on average medium bluish green of strong saturation to medium deep blue of strong saturation, overall in very good condition. Diamonds of bluish tint are bright and lively. Minor signs of wear to metal. Brooch size approximately 8.3 x 4.8cm, weighing approximately 36 grams in total. Overall in excellent condition. Case stamped Jewellery Theatre.

In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. Illustrations in the catalogue may not be actual size. Prospective purchasers are reminded that, unless the catalogue description specifically states that a stone is natural, we have assumed that some form of treatment may have been used and that such treatment may not be permanent. Our presale estimates reflect this assumption.Certificates of Authenticity: Various manufacturers may not issue certificates of authenticity upon request. Sotheby's is not under an obligation to furnish the purchaser with a certificate of authenticity from the manufacturer at any time. Unless the requirements for a rescission of the sale under the Terms of Guarantee are satisfied, the failure of a manufacturer to issue a certificate will not constitute grounds to rescind the sale. Gemological Certificates and Reports: References in the catalogue descriptions to certificates or reports issued by gemological laboratories are provided only for the information of bidders, and Sotheby's does not guarantee and accepts no responsibility for the accuracy, terms or information contained in such certificates or reports. Please also note that laboratories may differ in their assessment of a gemstone (including its origin and presence, type and extent of treatments) and their certificates or reports may contain different results.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Dragons appear as mythical beasts in many cultures and are revered in different ways. This brooch depicts a Russia zmei, a many-headed dragon of Russian folklore and poems. The zmei is often described as having three heads and are known to be fearsome, powerful and fabulous beasts. This brooch depicts a zmei in flight and uses brilliant jewels to create a scale-like texture that contrasts against its golden underwings, and ultimately breathing life into this formidable beast.


“龙“ 这种传说生物在世界各地的不同文化地域均有出现,形态寓意各不相同。亚洲人普遍视龙为瑞兽,在中国文化里,它是吉祥福禄的化身。在帝制年代,龙与凤分别象征皇帝与皇后,为普天下人民带来繁荣安康。这枚别针启发自斯拉夫多头龙(Zmei),牠常常現身在俄羅斯民間传说和詩歌作品中。有别于其他西方传说中的龙,斯拉夫龙有三个头,是俄罗斯文学中的反派角色。它们长有翅膀,常于天际翱翔,据说更会不时掳走妇女。此别针上的斯拉夫龙呈飞翔姿态,它的鳞片以闪烁生辉的珠宝制成,与金黄色后翼互相辉映,令巨兽栩栩如生。

Please note that the diamonds of bluish tint have not been tested for natural colour origin.

Accompanied by a copy of the original sketch for the jewel.