Ruby, emerald and diamond butterfly brooch, circa 1890


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Here’s a lovely French 18-carat butterfly brooch from the late 19th century.

Its body is set with a bright red ruby and the wings are scattered with tiny emeralds and rose cut diamonds.

The surface is a rich matte gold, often found in antique jewels that haven’t been worked on by a jeweller applying heat, then having to polish the metal to get rid of the subsequent discolouration.

A delicate fretwork border around the butterfly adds a pretty finish. There are French marks on both pin and hook.


• Handmade in 18-carat yellow gold
• Set with a ruby, seven emeralds and three rose cut diamonds
• Approximately 4.6cm (almost 2 inches) tall, 5.8cm (2 1/4 inches) wide
• Weight is 3.5 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (my antique boxes are not for sale)

Please examine the photographs carefully – they form part of the description.

I’d be very happy to send more information and images. Layaway available.

I accept returns within 14 days if you’re not delighted with your purchase.

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