Jewel Pur­pose

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The two brooches pic­tured were given to me by my grand­mother, 50 years ago. She was born in Hun­gary in 1886 and moved to Paris in the 1930s a!er she mar­ried, so I am guess­ing that the brooches are French.

The "oral brooch is enam­elled 935 ster­ling sil­ver with mar­c­a­site stones. There is a 935 mark on the back but the rest is blurred.

The ‘ruby’ de­sign looks as if it was made into a brooch by hav­ing cop­per-coloured stems on both sides added, or could it be sil­ver? Are the two larger stones rhine­stones or gar­nets? It is #$ed with a dainty chain and safety guard on the back.

I would ap­pre­ci­ate your ex­perts’ ad­vice as to the ori­gin, age and value of these two lovely brooches. Anne e Driesen, via email The sil­ver brooch with poly­chrome enamel !ow­ers was prob­a­bly made around the 1940s and is likely to be Swiss. The 935 mark would in­di­cate high-grade sil­ver. The !ow­ers also look of Alpine ori­gin – the mar­c­a­site dec­o­ra­tion is made from the min­eral white iron sul­phide. The brooch was prob­a­bly made to sat­isfy the tourist mar­ket and I’d sug­gest an auc­tion es­ti­mate would be around £20-£30.

The sec­ond brooch was pro­duced around 1905 and ap­pears to be made of rose gold with high cop­per con­tent and plat­inum. The red stone looks like a cabo­chon-cut ruby with cen­tral old bril­liant-cut di­a­mond and rose-cut di­a­mond em­bel­lish­ments. Due to the lack of hall­marks, the brooch is not French, but is al­most cer­tainly con­ti­nen­tal judg­ing from the brooch sys­tem. I’d es­ti­mate £60-£70 at auc­tion. MB

THIS MONTH’S EX­PERTS ABOVE This plate was made c1950s for the tourist mar­ket. An­nette’s brooches date from the 1940s and 1905. LEFT Mark Bowis FGA DGA FSA Rose­berys

Ali­son Snowdon Field­ings

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