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Creator(s): Cartier (Firm)

Currently in storage

About this object

The Indian-style brooch is composed of one hexagonal-shaped emerald, one oval-shaped emerald, five emerald drops, two pear-shaped emeralds, five round emeralds, sixty-five smaller emeralds, one pear-shaped diamond, and 801 round diamonds mounted in platinum. The horseshoe-shaped buckle at the top is equipped on the back with a hanger and clasp with pins so that the piece can be worn as a pendant for an emerald necklace or as a brooch. An arch-shaped armature is attached to the buckle. Both feature pavé-set diamond grounds studded with emeralds. Four lines of calibré-cut emeralds decorate where they join. At the center of the bottom of the buckle is a large Mughal emerald carved with floral motifs. Five articulated emerald drops, four of them fluted, hang from the base of the stone. All have calibré-cut emerald stems and pavé-set diamond surmounts edged in black enamel. In the center of the brooch is a vase motif pavé-set with diamonds along the handles, neck, and base. A kite-set emerald also adorns the neck. The body of the vase is formed from an oval-shaped Mughal emerald carved with a foliate design.

Object name:
Made from:
emerald -- diamond -- platinum -- enamel
Made in:
New York, USA
Date made:
7 3/4 × 2 1/4 in. (19.7 × 5.7 cm)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
Signature marks:
MARK: CARTIER/24141 [on back of mount of carved central emerald] INSCRIPTION: The Servant of Shah Abbas [in Persian on carved emerald at top center]
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973