Fine ruby and diamond brooch/hair ornament, Bachruch, circa 1900
Designed as a bow of circular-cut and rose diamonds, set at the centre with a cushion-shaped ruby weighing 6.89 carats, within a border of cushion-shaped diamonds, central cluster detachable, may be worn as a pendant with an additional fitting, brooch and hair comb fittings, fitted case stamped Bachruch A.
Accompanied by SSEF report no. 93527, stating that the ruby is of Burmese origin, with no indications of heating.
Given by Archduke Frédéric of Austria (1856-1936) to his daughter, Archduchess Marie Anne of Austria, Princess Elie de Bourbon-Parme (1882-1940) on the occasion of the birth of her son, Charles, in 1905.
"Un écrin peau blanche avec gros noeud en diamants, grand rubis au milieu (de Bachruch). Ce noeud m'a été donné par mon père pour la naissance de mon fils, Charles".
[A white leather case with a large diamond bow, a large ruby at the centre (from Bachruch). This bow was a gift from my father for the birth of my son, Charles].
Excerpt from the inventory of Archduchess Marie Anne of Austria, Princess Elie de Bourbon Parme