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Lalaounis Ruby and Diamond Chimera Brooch
ABOUT THIS BROOCH
Renowned for creating luxurious jewelry in gold--which he called, 'the most human material'-- famed Greek jewelry designer Ilias Lalounis's creations included stunning pieces fashioned in the form of the hybrid mythical creature--the chimera. This fascinating brooch has the head of a lion and the body of a snake. Rendered in rich, gleaming gold, the creature's coiled body is deeply carved with scrolls, studded with vibrant deep pinkish-red cabochon rubies, and glitters with tiny single-cut diamonds. With fangs bared and a diamond choker around its neck, it keeps keen focus with gleaming ruby* eyes. In 18K gold. Total diamond weight - .28 carat, total natural ruby weight - 1.35 carats. Late-20th Century. *The eyes are synthetic rubies.