17 June 1998,
Price realised GBP 19,550
GBP 10,000 - GBP 15,000
A Diamond-set 'Sputnik' Brooch
Modelled as a flaming rocket, the fuselage channel-set with baguette-cut diamonds with an applied bombé hemisphere of circular-cut diamonds, the 'Sputnik' satellite with its radiating terminals also set with circular-cut diamonds, the reverse with pierced lunar and stellar symbols mid 1950s, length 13 cm.
This brooch commemorates the series of artificial satellites launched by the Russians during the late 1950s, the first to orbit the earth being Sputnik 1 launched on 4th October 1957. This was a massive cold war victory in space technology by the Soviet Union against the USA and proved to be a very great source of interest and inspiration worldwide. The word in Russian means 'fellow traveller' and is derived from 'put' meaning path and the suffix'-nik' indicating an agent.
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