AN EXTREMELY FINE FANCY AND NEAR COLORLESS DIAMOND "CAMELLIA" BROOCH, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
Van Cleef & Arpels
Centering upon a circular-cut deep and vivid yellow diamond cluster, within an alternating series of undulating circular-cut fancy yellow and near colorless diamond petals, mounted in 14K gold and platinum
Signed Van Cleef & Arpels, No. N.Y. 57544
With certificates 10719572 and 10719586 from the Gemological Institute of America stating that the two diamonds weighing 0.63 and 0.55 cts. are fancy deep brownish yellow, natural color and SI1
With certificates 10719379 and 10719579 from the Gemological Institute of America stating that the two diamonds weighing 0.56 and 0.52 cts. are fancy vivid orangy yellow, natural color, I1 and SI2
With certificates 10719582, 10719585 and 10719574 from the Gemological Institute of America stating that the diamonds weighing 0.59, 0.59 and 0.57 cts. are fancy deep brownish yellow, fancy deep yellow and fancy vivid yellow, natural color and SI1, SI1 and I1 respectively.
Flowers are perennially in fashion, a motif that has captivated jewelry designers for over 200 years. In the twentieth century, Van Cleef & Arpels, excelled at transforming the beautiful flower into a work of art, recreating peonies, roses and camellias that seem almost life-like. The camellia is a native of Asia, brought to Europe by a Jesuit missionary at the end of the 17th century. It has waxy, rose-like flowers with many layered petals. This brooch is based on a camellia and, like the actual specimen, has three levels of petals arranged asymmetrically. Rows of yellow and white diamonds meander along the petals, guiding the eye around the brooch. The yellow diamonds are not only of superb individual quality but their color is perfectly matched. It is extremely rare, almost impossible, to find stones with such closely colored hues of this intensity.