Typically Italian, brooches and rings from the seventeenth through the eighteenth century were called giardinetti (for little gardens) and featured the motif of a bouquet of variously colored gemstone flowers.
This estate brooch of 14k white and yellow gold utilizes this form of jewelry to convey a joyful expression of the coming of Spring in spirit.
A yellow gold open work hand basket holds a cornucopia of diamonds and colored gems in a bold presentation of a collection of blossomed botanicals. The splendid composition shows off flowerheads, leaves and full flowers.
Large in overall size, the giardinetti is appointed with twenty-three diamonds, total weight of 1.02 carats (H-I color; VS2-SI3 clarity).
One half cultured white pearl, three cat’s eye chrysoberyl, and twenty-two emeralds, with a verdant 3.15 carats join twenty-six rubies of a luscious 3.45 carats.
Even more of a visual feast, twelve sapphires of 2.2 carats in total utilize a variety of gem shapes. Stems of white and yellow gold pop in and about with abandon.