Giardinetto Pin Enamel on Silver Basket Cut Steel Beads Tulips c1940
Giardinetto! Something about that word is so exciting! I'm drawn to the giardinetto design in jewelry. If it has a basket of flowers or shows a bouquet, it's mine to love. This is a 3-dimensional brooch in the form of a spectacular basket of tulips. It's worked in 835 silver. Continental silver is 800; sterling is 925. This is somewhere in the midst of that. The detail is meticulous. The silver has been worked into a basket weave and enameled a glowing amber color. The tulip stems and leaves are green and the flowers are red, peach, yellow and purple. The handle is lined with cut steel beads, giving it the sparkly glitter of old marcasite. The composition is strong and the pin is built to have a charming 3-D form. 1 1/4"H X 1 5/8"W. Curve stands about 1/4" out. This symbolic piece is just about pristine with no flaws to report. Free USA shipping, handling and insurance!