“The thistle is a prince. Let any man that has an eye for beauty take a view of the whole plant, and where will he see a more expressive grace and symmetry; and where is there a more kingly flower?” (Henry Ward Beecher 1813-1887)
18 k yellow and rose gold and silver Thistle brooch by Buccellati. Circa 1980. Designed as three silver wire work thistles, with textured rose and yellow gold petals and leaves and silver stem.
From Italian jewelry house Nardi: Vintage Blackamoor brooches encrusted with diamonds, sapphires, moonstones and Burmese rubies. Their fanciful costume recalls Shakespeare’s Othello. Photo from French Vogue, August 2000.
brooch in 18ct yellow gold symmetrically designed with a central aquamarine panel suspending a large aquamarine drop inbetween two green tourmalines within enamelled oval forms with diamond detailing.