Vintage Diamond Sunflower Clip Brooch by Chaumet, 6ctw in Platinum, Pin

The House of Chaumet was originally founded in Paris as ‘Nitot et Fils’ in 1780. They were well known for producing fabulous tiaras and were the jewelers to to Queen Marie-Antoinette and many other French aristocratcs of the period; they even created the coronation crown for Napoleon. In 1885 the jeweler Joseph Chaumet, who married into the Nitot family, would take over the running of the shop in Paris and it would become known as the House of Chaumet. Joseph would create jewels for virtually every court in Europe, Russia, India and the near east; and while the House of Chaumet still exists today, it was the artistry of Joseph Chaumet we see in this fabulous floral or sunburst clip.

This clip is reminiscent of a sunflower lifting its face to the sun, it was hand crafted in platinum with an eye towards excellence. It is set with 6 carats of Old European cut diamonds that send rainbows flying with even the slightest movement. There are 94 diamonds set into this amazing piece and I’ve shown the pertinent information on the stones in the photos. The brooch measures 34.9 mm across and 31.2 mm high. The pin stem is crafted in white gold and the brooch is marked with the French eagles head marks and also marked ‘Chaumet’, ‘Repose’ and bears the makers mark of Joseph Chaumet, a J and C in a diamond shaped cartouche. It weighs 14.65 grams. This brooch comes with a full appraisal and appraises at $17,500 USD. Made in Paris, France around 1920.

How could you wear this piece? Well, so very many ways! It looks fantastic in the hair as a luxurious addition to an up-do. It was likely meant to be worn on fur, and certainly shines bright when worn this way. It can also be worn as a brooch on just about anything, and would look amazing at the bottom of the V on a dresses neck. It could be worn at the waist, in emulation of a belt buckle, or clip the back over a chain to wear it as a pendant around the neck. In truth, there is really no wrong way to wear this sunny piece of history!

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