An emerald, pearl and diamond flower brooch, by Cartier, property from the Blair Family Collection. Sold for $487,500 on 7 December 2016 at Christie’s in New York. Emeralds are very soft compared to diamonds or sapphires, so carving an emerald, like this flower blossom, without breaking it is a testament to the carver’s expertise. This brooch incorporates the influential Indian style of the period with Cartier’s exceptional design, workmanship and detailed execution

An emerald, pearl and diamond flower brooch, by Cartier, property from the Blair Family Collection. Sold for $487,500 on 7 December 2016 at Christie's in New York. Emeralds are very soft compared to diamonds or sapphires, so carving an emerald, like this flower blossom, without breaking it is a testament to the carver's expertise. This brooch incorporates the influential Indian style of the period with Cartier's exceptional design, workmanship and detailed execution

An emerald, pearl and diamond flower brooch, by Cartier, property from the Blair Family Collection. Sold for $487,500 on 7 December 2016 at Christie’s in New York. Emeralds are very soft compared to diamonds or sapphires, so carving an emerald, like this flower blossom, without breaking it is a testament to the carver’s expertise. This brooch incorporates the influential Indian style of the period with Cartier’s exceptional design, workmanship and detailed execution