Stunning late Retro leaf brooch in 14K yellow gold with platinum accents, set with diamonds and blue sapphires. The curving leaf form is lightened by the use of wire construction, a technique seen especially in French jewels just after World War II. The lower edge of the wire leaf is set with a graduated row of cushion- and old European-cut diamonds, while the upper border is accented with a row of sapphires. Two additional diamonds are set at one side of the brooch near the smaller solid gold leaves. The diamonds are all prong set in platinum. Counterclockwise from the diamond at the top of the brooch, the three larger stones are estimated at: .350 carat, I, VS1; .348 carat, I, VS1; and .450 carat, K, VS2. This is an especially elegant example of a mid-century jewelry style that can sometimes appear a bit clunky. Marked 14K.
Origin: America, ca. 1948. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 1-11/16" x 1-1/8". Weight: 7.5 grams. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: sapphire, .5 carat; diamond, 2.01 carats.