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A Vintage Symbol of Longevity: The Fifties Turtle Brooch in Platinum

An exquisite Vintage Fifties brooch from France, this piece epitomizes the era's fascination with nature-inspired designs. Crafted in platinum and 18K white gold, it features a charming turtle motif, a symbol of longevity and wisdom. The brooch is adorned with 42 single brilliant cut diamonds, contributing to its radiant allure. Central to its design is a significant ruby of approximately 35ct, enhancing its visual appeal. This creation reflects the skilled craftsmanship and artistic expression prevalent in the 1950s, offering a blend of elegance and whimsy.

Antique jewelry object group

very good condition
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Country of origin

Vintage Fifties (of the twentieth century)
See also: Fifties (of the twentieth century)
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Style specifics
This type of jewelry is very specific for the fifties of the twentieth century. All sorts of animals were used as source of inspiration for the goldsmiths. Made in gold and decorated with enamel and precious stones, the result of their labour most of the times well-made, clever and cute.

ca. 1950
Events & facts of this era, poetry of this era, fashion of this era.

Source of inspiration
Mother Nature

Turtles - Turtles are frequently depicted in popular culture as easy-going, patient, and wise creatures. Due to their long lifespan, slow movement, sturdiness, and wrinkled appearance, they are an emblem of longevity and stability in many cultures around the world. Turtles are regularly incorporated into human culture, with painters, photographers, poets, songwriters, and sculptors using them as subjects. They have an important role in mythologies around the world, and are often implicated in creation myths regarding the origin of the Earth. (From: Wikipedia)

platinum and 18K white gold (touchstone tested)
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42 single brilliant cut diamonds (also called 8/8) with an estimated weight of 0.60ct colour and clarity E/H, vvs/si

All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since stones are not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.
All diamonds we offer are screened by the I.J.G.C. for whether they are natural or synthetic, and all diamonds in this jewel are 100% guaranteed to be natural.

Precious stones
One ruby , most probably color enhanced with lead glass filling. Color enhancing rubies and sapphires by heathing them is a commonly accepted technique, as long as it is mentioned by the seller. with an estimated weight of 35ct All color stone weights are approximate since stones are not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.
Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April and ruby for July.
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the ruby is engraved with flower motives

The French control mark for 18K gold representing an eagle's head (that was in use in France from about 1838) and the French control mark for platinum representing a dog's head (that was in use in France from about 1912).
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3,11 cm (1,22 inch) x 1,80 cm (0,71 inch)
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11,80 gram (7,59 dwt)

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