Belle Epoque Diamond Brooch, ca. 1915

Value (2006) | $7,000 Auction$9,000 Auction

GUEST:
They originally belonged to my great-grandmother who came to Tucson in 1878. And it's been passed down, through each daughter, until it got to me, for four generations.

APPRAISER:
Well, I see you brought a photograph of her in, and right here we can see the pendant that we'll be talking about right on her neck. It's from about 1915.

GUEST:
Oh, is it?

APPRAISER:
So, she got it a little later.

GUEST:
Oh, I thought it was earlier than that.

APPRAISER:
I think that it was probably made in New York.

GUEST:
Oh, really?

APPRAISER:
Yes.

GUEST:
He met her, and they were married, in New York.

APPRAISER:
The fine platinum work-- they were doing a lot of this in New York City around the turn of the century.

GUEST:
Mm-hmm.

APPRAISER:
There were a lot of people that were doing this fine mill graining, which we see around the diamonds here, the principal stone.

GUEST:
Yeah.

APPRAISER:
And this sort of wreath or garland motif was very popular around that time period. And then we have this tiny little drop here-- this pear-shaped drop, which suspends on the bottom as well. And it's quite pretty. I did a diamond breakdown on it.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
The largest stone is almost a carat size. And then they sort of graduate down from there.

GUEST:
Right.

APPRAISER:
But a total weight of five carats.

GUEST:
Oh, I didn't know that.

APPRAISER:
Yeah. The Belle Epoque style is one of those styles that is becoming more and more sought after, and the platinum work is really unrivaled. This just very delicate knife-edged bars here as well.

GUEST:
Right. What is Belle Epoque?

APPRAISER:
It's a style that was done in the early 1900s. This is circa 1915, and it just means a pretty sort of delicate...

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
Edwardian style was another time period

GUEST:
Right.

APPRAISER:
that was very similar to that as well. But it had to have been made in England in order to be Edwardian.

GUEST:
I see.

APPRAISER:
So, we call it Belle Epoque if it's American.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
And at auction, I would say the estimate would be anywhere between $7,000 and $9,000.

GUEST:
Oh, my gosh, really?

APPRAISER:
Yes, definitely.

GUEST:
Oh, that's wonderful.

APPRAISER:
Yeah, I'm glad you're happy with that.

GUEST:
Oh, I'm actually, I'm very happy with that. I had no idea what it was worth.

APPRAISER:
Yeah, it's definitely worth all of that.

GUEST:
Wow. Well, thank you very much.

APPRAISER:
You're welcome. It's my pleasure.

GUEST:
I appreciate it.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Freeman's Auctioneers
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Appraised value (2006)
$7,000 Auction$9,000 Auction
Event
Tucson, AZ (June 17, 2006)
Period
20th Century
Form
Brooch
Material
Diamonds

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