Silver and Synthetic Blue Stone Brooch, ‘Feuille persane’ by René Boivin, circa 1930s
An unusual 1930s silver brooch by René Boivin. Designed as a Persian leaf and collet-set with various cuts of synthetic blue stone. Dimensions: 100 x 49 mm (=3.9 x 1.9 inches). Gross weight: 53.83 grams. French assay marks for silver and maker’s mark for René Boivin.
War-time rationing of precious stones and metals encouraged designers to be inventive in their designs, incorporating unorthodox materials into their Fine jewellery. Shrapnel was adorned with small diamonds or semi-precious stones and set in 8ct gold, silver or palladium, to create jewels with great sentimental value; even if low material worth.
Jewellery from this period often maintained an air of modern chic mixed with a sentimental nostalgia. Motifs such as bows, ribbons, floral sprays and hearts, once popular in the Sentimental Victorian era, were revived.
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