Two examples of animalier jewellery from the early 20th century

We recently spotted these fine animalier jewels dating from the early 20th century.

This butterfly brooch caught our eye for its colourful combination of emerald, ruby, diamond and opal. The coloured stones, set in prongs over the pavé of diamonds, add a three-dimensional quality to the jewel.

The 19th century style of cutting of the diamonds suggest they have been re-employed from an earlier jewel and the opals may well have been mined from the Dubnik region of present-day Slovakia.

The brooch designed as a snipe has a large blister pearl wing and the body is pavé-set with rose diamonds.

This type of jewel, often referred to as ‘hunting jewels’, were particularly fashionable at country house parties in Britain and Germany from the late 19th century.

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