What does over 5 carats of rubies and 2.8 carats of diamonds look like?
The House of Cartier was the first modern bijoutier (jeweler) to offer panther motif jewels covered with precious and semi-precious stones. The trend quickly blossomed with all manner of animals and avians becoming a part of the well-groomed woman’s wardrobe.
This circa 1960 diamond and ruby bird brooch, possibly a parrot, follows in that rich tradition. Encrusting an entire surface with precious jewels, the body and head of our 14k white gold feathery friend is paved with a total of 2.8 carats of diamonds!
There are thirty-five (35) brilliant cut diamonds of .08 carats each at H-I color with two at I-J, VS2-SI1 clarity. The bird is adorned with a round faceted ruby eye of .01 carats and an .08 carat trillion ruby for its beak.
Fabulous feathers are appointed with sixteen (16) marquise cut rubies of .26 carats each for a total of 4.16 carats which segue into tail feathers of fourteen (14) rectangular rubies of .06 carats each for a total weight of .84 carats.
A single rectangular cut ruby of .03 carats rounds out the thirty-three (33) rubies with a grand total of 5.12 carats! The dulcet rubies rule red with pink undertones.