15 October 2009
October Feature :: Papillon
When I discovered the antique pin that makes up Papillon Brooch, I couldn't contain myself. I actually squealed aloud. Crafted in 14kt gold, this brooch was created by Krementz & Company around 1890 to 1900. Krementz was one of the premier makers of Art Nouveau jewels in the United States. One of their hallmarks was the use of pastel enamels, like the soft greens and yellows along the tendrils and scrolls. Three bezel-set, vivid cornflower blue sapphires and a white pearl accent. There is some enamel that has worn off in places on the piece, however I do not believe that this distracts from the beauty of the piece. The remaining enamel is secure.
I've attached to the chatelaine hook a pendant of exceptional London Blue Topaz and six natural saltwater pearls in shades of mauve, champagne and silver. The delicate pendant has been carefully composed with 18k solid yellow gold wire wrappings. The antique pin component is 1" wide by .75". The entire piece is 2" long.
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