A Stunning Ruby Diamond and Gold Bird of Paradise Brooch

A stunning gold, ruby and diamond bird of paradise brooch by Cartier c.1950s, realistically modelled in 18ct yellow gold and platinum the magnificent bird perched on a single branch and set with a tapering carved ruby body with feather like engraving surrounded by round brilliant cut diamond plumage within a finely crafted gold body expertly engraved throughout with individual feathers, the eye set with a round faceted ruby and the head with a stripe of diamonds from the beak over the top of the head and tapering to a point down the neck, the extravagant long tail formed of nine large gold feathers, all finely detailed and articulated and set to the end with a single ruby and three diamonds. Cartier created a fantastic menagerie of birds during the 1940s and 1950s in all manner of sizes, shapes and gemstones. This is a particularly lovely example which showcases the quality of craftsmanship one expects from Cartier. The wonderful engraving on the gold (even the nostrils on the beak are defined) and the articulation in the tail really give the piece a life-like quality and feeling of movement.

Further Details

Condition ReportVery fine
Setting18ct yellow gold and platinum signed Cartier Paris, numbered, with Cartier maker's mark and with French assay marks
Weight description32 grams
DimensionsBird 3.6" / 9.25cm long and 0.70" / 1.77cm wide
Branch 1" wide
Gemstones10 x round faceted unheated Burmese rubies likely of Burma origin and of Pigeon's blood colour.
1 x carved natural ruby approximately 25mm x 10mm likely of Indian origin.
71 x round brilliant cut diamonds
PeriodRetro circa 1950s


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When Louis-François Cartier (1819-1904) opened his small jewellery store in Paris in 1847, he couldn’t have imagined that 170 years later his name would be synonymous worldwide with some of the finest jewellery ever created.  

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