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Bellarri "Mademoiselle" 18K Brooch Enhancer

The "Mademoiselle" Collection has always been a tough one for us to pin down - it's closely related to the "Marietta" Collection (with many pieces overlapping and being catalogued as belonging to both collections) which is still both current and highly popular. When dealers get them, they sell quickly, and even if they remain in stock dealers are reluctant to give them up because of their popularity and how often they're requested by customers. They're also two of Bellarri's most expensive collections. Add it all together and we're usually lucky to find a handful of Mademoiselles per year.

This piece illustrates perfectly why the collection is so popular - and expensive. It's one of the heaviest brooch/enhancers we've ever had, and the gemstone carat count may actually be the highest we've ever seen.

It starts with solid 18K yellow gold, and weighs 20 full grams, 2/3 of an ounce. Like the Mariettas, it's designed to resemble a large flower, but is different in that the petals are formed by a combination of faceted concave-end gemstones and faceted rounded-end gemstones. Every gemstone is all-natural and earth-mined, and this piece has everything - sky blue topaz, London blue topaz, citrine, peridot, green tourmaline, red garnet, rhodolite garnet, amethyst, and iolite. Some of these gems are represented multiple times, in different hues - golden citrine and Madeira citrine, purple rhodolite and rasberry rhodolite. And that's just the back layer - sitting on top of the main structure is a five-petal cluster of faceted tear-drop rhodolite garnets. And on top of that is a 5-pointed star of diamonds. Total gemstone count is 34.55 carats, total diamond count is 60 points of F/G VS beauties.

It measures just a hair under 1.5" in diameter, and a full .70" thick including the rear pin. It has both an opening bail, large enough for 3.5mm cords & chains, and a brooch pin.

Needless to say, this one is a first for us, and it's the only one we have. Retail was $11,300, making it the most extravagant Bellarri pendant we've ever been able to offer.

We included photos taken with both natural light, at various intensities, and with camera flash, so you have multiple perspectives on this rare work of jewelry art.