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Boucheron Art Moderne Diamond 'Whirlpool' Dress/Lapel Clip Brooches, Circa 1935
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Boucheron Art Moderne Diamond 'Whirlpool' Dress/Lapel Clip Brooches, Circa 1935

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Exceedingly rare and elegant at the same time, these platinum clips of 'whirlpool' design, are set throughout with old-cut diamonds. The realistic and whimsical ribbon of diamonds seemingly disappears into fabric when clipped onto a lapel, giving the impression that it spirals through the lapel.

The ‘whirlpool’ or spiral design is a motif that was used by prominent French maisons during the 1930s. and generally associated with the jewels of Belperron and  Boivin, as they tended to be more avant-garde, experimenting with three-dimensional shapes of movement expressed in non-traditional material.  Yet, more classical jewelers such as Mellerio. Van Cleef & Arpels and Boucheron experimented with these new forms.  According to the Boucheron archives, only two pairs of ‘whirlpool’ clips were created in 1935, making this example exceedingly rare.

Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from Boucheron stating that the clips are Boucheron and were made in circa 1935.

  • Ninety-three old mine and European-cut diamonds and four baguette-cut diamonds weighing approximately 7.20 carats
  • Unsigned but stamped with indistinct Boucheron maker's marks
  • Platinum, with French assay marks
  • Gross weight approximately 24.1 grams
  • Measuring approximately 1¾ inches x ⅝ inch
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