A rare jewel-encrusted brooch bought in a box of costume jewellery for just £38 has been sold at a Derby auction for £10,800. The Cartier brooch covered in rubies, emeralds, sapphires and diamonds was discovered by a shopper at a table-top sale in Staffordshire.
The Art Deco ‘tutti-frutti’ jabot brooch has a carved ruby mounted as a flower, with blue sapphires and green emeralds interlinked between diamonds.
Collectors from Paris, USA and the United Arab Emirates were all after this fabulous item, although the successful bidder has chosen to remain anonymous.
Cartier was founded in Paris in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier, and the company remained under family control until 1964. It has a long history of sales to royalty and celebrities. King Edward VII of England referred to Cartier as ‘the jeweller of kings and the king of jewellers’. For his coronation in 1902, he ordered 27 tiaras and issued a royal warrant to the jeweller.