Absolutely charming 18k yellow gold butterfly brooch with textured body and ruby eyes. Wings are ornamented in bright shades of red, blues, pink, coral, and purple done in the plique-à-jour (translucent enamel) technique. The articulated moving wings are so finely made that they are able to stand in place on their own. Our hearts fluttered when this special specimen flew into the store!
Singed 'Birks' and dates from the 1970's. Enamel work is in impeccable condition.
"The story of Bijoux Birks began four centuries ago, when the Birks family were master silversmiths in Sheffield, England. Though the brand’s roots lie deep in English craftsmanship, it truly came to life when Henry Birks opened a boutique in the heart of Montreal in 1879. His lifelong dream became a reality and grew into a magnificent fine jewellery legacy that is still thriving today." - Maison Birks Website
Metal: 18k yellow gold
Rubies: Two (2) prong set, round faceted strong intense red rubies measuring 1.84 and 1.79 mm in diameter. Estimated 0.07ct ruby weight.
Enamel: Red, blues, pink, purple and coral plique-à-jour enamel work on hinged wings.
Dimensions: 1.4 inch (L) x 2.4 inch (W) x 0.3 inch (D)
Markings: 'Birks', '18k'