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    Jean Vitau Diamond, Multi-Stone, Gold Brooch
    Stones: Round-cut multi-colored sapphires weighing a total of approximately 10.00 carats; full-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 1.00 carat; ruby cabochon
    Metal: 18k gold
    Marked: Jean Vitau 74588
    Theme: Fish
    Gross Weight: 25.52 grams
    Dimensions: 1-7/8 inches x 1-1/4 inches

    Property from the Estate of Kittie West Nelson Ferguson

    Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000.

    Condition Report*: Diamonds:
    Avg Color: G-H-I
    Avg Clarity: VS
    Shape(s): Full-cut
    Count: 26 - 50

    Colored Gems:
    Type(s): Sapphire
    Shape(s): Round
    Count: 100+
    Avg Quality: Fine


    Overall Condition: Good
    Condition Notes: The colored sapphires include yellow sapphires weighing a total of approximately 4.45 carats; green sapphires weighing a total of approximately 2.10 carats; blue sapphires weighing a total of approximately 2.25 carats; pink sapphires weighing a total of approximately 1.20 carats. Completed by pinstem and catch.
    Jean Vitau: French jeweler Jean Vitau emigrated to New York City in the 1960s bringing to America more than just his skills as a jeweler; he brought ingenuity. He had with him three diamond wedding rings, each having a special kind of setting which at the time was unfamiliar to American jewelers: “bar setting”. The bar setting technique provided a secure and snag-proof way of setting diamonds and precious stones. He patented and trademarked this revolutionary technique under the name Gemlok. Originally specializing in diamond set engagement rings and wedding bands, Jean Vitau expanded his market share by creating the Jean Vitau Collection, a more fashion oriented line. He drew inspiration from the beauty of nature and rendered his visions in the most vividly hued precious gemstones and diamonds often depicting flowers, animals, insects and fish. Jean Vitau passed away on February 12, 2011 at age 83. His elegant jewels represent the merging of creativity, the artist's palette and the master jeweler's skills.

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    Auction Info

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    Auction Dates
    6th Monday
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    14 Days
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