Jewel of the Month: Sacred Heart Brooch and Ring

We are thrilled to present a very special jewel as our first  ‘Jewel of the Month’. We have a  ruby heart with weeping cabochon ruby ‘tears’, encircled by an emerald crown of thorns, surmounted by ruby flames and a diamond cross. Set in silver and gold, Portuguese, circa 1780. We also have a very similar ring to accompany the brooch.

This badge is associated with the Portuguese Order of Christ, whose Mastership was invested in Queen Maria I of Portugal (1734-1816). After her accession in 1777 she placed the Order of Christ under the patronage of the Sacred Heart, a devotion which owed its origin to a French nun, St Margaret Mary Alacoque in the late 17th century and which was approved by the 18th century Papacy, It is represented by the heart which is aflame with love, and weeping tears showing Christ’s compassion for mankind, surmounted by the cross on which he died, encircled by the crown of thorns placed on his head. For Roman Catholics this heart is a symbol of how Christ loved his people, even unto the end on the cross. Available to view in our gallery.

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LAPADA 2016 13th-18th September, Private View 12th September

On Tuesday 13th September we look forward to the opening of the annual LAPADA Fair, taking place once again in the beautiful Berkley Square. At the heart of the modern, cosmopolitan city yet steeped in historical resonance, the location could not be more fitting. Since its inception in 2009, the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair has grown to become a foremost international showcase for art and antiques, as well as one of the most prestigious events on the London social calendar. 100 exhibitors present work from across the art, antiques, design and decorative arts spectrum. Including jewellery, furniture, carpets, tapestries, antiquities, clocks, ceramics, silver and fine art, authenticity is assured thanks to a 70-member specialist committee pre-vetting everything on sale. So do come and join us, and please get in touch if we can put a ticket on the door for you.

One particular jewel we are excited to be bringing with us is our beautiful Marcus bracelet:
An important Art Deco bracelet formed from multiple square panels, alternating pavé diamond set sections and sugarloaf cabochon emeralds, framed with calibre cut onyx. Mounted in platinum. American, circa 1925. Signed Marcus.
This bracelet is not only  a beautiful example of the bold use of colour that is typical of the Art Deco period, but also displays the popular use of monochrome, seen here in the white diamonds and black onyx. The Art Deco period was primarily devoted to geometry, and here you can see the neat lines and borders, a regular pattern repeated throughout and this jewel epitomises the Movement.

Marcus & Co. was a jewellery house of the very highest esteem, not surprising since Hermann Marcus, the company’s German founder, began his career in America with Tiffany & Co, having left Dresden for New York in the 1850s. He also worked alongside T.B. Star, in the firm Star & Marcus, and it must be said that Marcus had an impressive introduction into the industry. His company prospered throughout the first half of the 20th century and continued to make outstanding jewellery until the 1960s when he merged with Black, Starr & Frost in 1962, although his best work is known to be from the 1920s and 30s.

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