,5AN ATTRACTIVE YELLOW AND NEAR COLORLESS DIAMOND, EMERALD AND GOLD LION BROOCH, BY BOIVIN
Designed as an articulated pavé-set various yellow and near colorless diamond reclining lion, with a marquise-cut emerald mane and tail tip, marquise-cut brown diamond eyes and pavé-set near colorless diamond paws, mounted in 18K gold, with an 18K gold oval link chain, enhanced by a circular-cut sapphire bail (may be worn as a necklace or as a choker) (one emerald missing), with French hallmarks, circa 1960--42 ins. long
Signed by René Boivin, Paris
The Boivin menagerie is comprised of many different species of the animal kingdom, including the lion, king of the jungle. Introduced in 1956, the first lion was an oxidized silver and gold pendant with diamonds. The theme evolved into many variations including a sphinx with yellow and brown diamonds and an emerald mane; a 'rug' clip with yellow diamonds and black onyx; and a ring with two cats facing each other with a diamond in between. The illustrated brooch/pendant is part of this series and features a yellow and near colorless diamond body and an emerald mane and tail tip. The lion is reclining on its side in a natural pose. When placed on a flat surface, the lion seems at rest but, when worn, its body falls gracefully. For more information and illustrations of jewelry with lion motifs, see Francoise Cailles, René Boivin Jeweller, London, 1994, pp. 307-309.