Shreve and Co. Edwardian Natural Pearl, Demantoid and Diamond Butterfly - GIA
ABOUT THIS BROOCH
A rare sighting! Boasting a wingspan of 2 5/8 inches, this magnificent Edwardian-era butterfly (circa 1910) by San Francisco's preeminent fine jeweler from back in the day, Shreve & Co., est. 1852(!), is expertly hand fabricated in platinum over 18K yellow gold. Aglitter throughout with 5.50 carats of icy-white European-cut diamonds, its gleaming abdomen is composed of two lustrous, natural saltwater (aka Oriental) pearls, a large white pear shape and a smaller round metallic silver-graphite button pearl, while six smaller pearls adorn the wings and antennae. Ruby eyes and a half-dozen rich apple green demantoid garnets (inexplicably abraded and probably re-set from the customer's own jewelry) , hailing from the Ural Mountains of Russia, add a colorful touch to this lepidopterist's delight. A remarkable and ravishing, high-quality collectable.