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    Belle Époque Opal, Diamond, Platinum-Topped Gold Jewelry Suite, Marcus & Co.
    The suite includes a pendant-brooch featuring a triangular opal cabochon measuring 24.30 x 12.15 x 3.15 mm, enhanced by European-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 0.55 carat; together with a pair of earrings featuring pear-shaped opal cabochons measuring 10.00 x 6.50 x 3.00 mm and 10.85 x 6.65 x 3.15 mm, encircled by European-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 0.40 carat, set in platinum-topped 14k gold, marked M&Co. Gross weight 11.40 grams.
    Pendant-Brooch Dimensions: 1-3/16 inches x 1-1/4 inches
    Earring Dimensions: 11/16 inch x 1/2 inch
    *Note: earrings are designed for pierced ears


    Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000.

    Condition Report*: Diamonds:
    Avg Color: G-H-I
    Avg Clarity: SI
    Shape(s): European-cut
    Count: 51 - 75

    Colored Gems:
    Type(s): Opal
    Shape(s): Cabochon
    Count: 1 - 25
    Avg Quality: Good

    Metals:
    Platinum-Topped Gold

    Overall Condition: Good
    Condition Notes: Vibrant opals in decadent frames. Pendant-brooch is marked M. The bail is not original to the piece. The earrings are completed by threaded posts and screw backs on the reverse. There is some crazing and pitting to the opals. Circa 1900.
    Marcus & Co.: Dresden jeweler Hermann Marcus left Germany for New York in the 1850s. He worked for Tiffany & Co., followed by Ball, Black and Company before partnering with Theodore B. Star in the firm, Star and Marcus. Following a brief return to Tiffany’s, he entered into partnership with his son William's business in 1884. The name officially became Marcus & Company in 1892. The firm rose to prominence during the 1920s and 1930s. They manufactured expensive diamond jewels as well as artistic jewelry featuring plique-a-jour enamel in the Art Nouveau style. Famous for their spectacular flower brooches: pansies, morning glories, orchids, et al, the company flourished during the Art Nouveau era. Along with their New York office, they operated branches in Paris, Bombay, Palm Beach and London. The business merged with Black, Starr & Frost in 1962.

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    29th Monday 2:50 pm CT
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    29th Monday
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    Heritage Auctions - Design District Showroom
    1518 Slocum Street
    Dallas, TX 75207

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