Victorian diamond pendant/brooch/hair ornament with central diamond, weighing approximately 2.5 cts. Findings for brooch and hair ornament conversion in original fitted box. 19th century. Interesting to see the spring on the hair comb that would ensure the ornament is set en tremblant when worn.
Hair Ornament (Raggiera) Mark of Carlo Pirotta Milan, Italy About 1860 Silver headdress, consisting of forty five pins with flat openwork heads resting on a pair of interlocking pins with large hollow egg-shaped ends Museum no. 388:1 to 46-1868 Castellani Collection © Victoria & Albert Museum, London
GEM-SET, SEED PEARL AND JADEITE HAIR ORNAMENT Designed as a floral garland cluster set with seed pearls, centring sixteen semi-translucent carved jadeite plaques of mottled apple green colour, pink and yellow tourmalines of various shapes, and accentuated with red spinels, circa 1910.
Countess Cis gilt metal crystal & pearl hair ornaments. Created cufflinks & buttons for Pierre Balmain & Jacques Fath & moved on to jewelry in the mid 1950s. Worked for Balenciaga for 14 years, creating jewelry for his couture collections. Jewelry was also sold through Lord & Taylor (Cis of Paris) & Bonwit Teller (Countess Zoltowska). Known for signature "crackled" glass cabochons & stones marbled & sprayed with gold. Very few of her pieces signed