Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger Citrine and Diamond “Bird on a Rock” Brooch

Our Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger Citrine and Diamond Bird on a Rock Brooch is one of the most iconic designs by the famed French visionary.  Jean Schlumberger was deeply inspired by nature and movement. The jeweler traveled far and wide seeking inspiration from then little-seen places like Bali, India, and Thailand. The ‘Bird on a Rock’ is one of the famed French designer’s most iconic pieces. The original ‘Bird on a Rock’ was designed in 1956 with the Tiffany Yellow Diamond in mind, one of the largest yellow diamonds to have ever been discovered. Since then the design has been reissued by Tiffany & Co. still with only large stones as the bird’s perch. 

This extraordinary example of Schlumberger’s design from our Fine Jewels sale is set with an emerald-cut citrine measuring approximately 23.80 x 19.85 x 13.60 mm. The birds on the “Bird on a Rock” brooches are extremely unique; this particular bird sits upon the stunning citrine with a strong gaze ahead, head parallel to the ground.  The fowl’s stare is made more intense by the setting of a cabochon ruby as its eye. The Bird’s feathers, which are angled upward as if an act of the wind, are enhanced with round brilliant-cut diamonds weighing approximately 3.00 carats total, most with F-G color and VVS clarity. When hired by Tiffany & Co. to design for them, Schlumberger was told expressly to create as he normally would, with vividity of color and imagination; he remains one of very few designers allowed to sign his work at the brand. The uniting of forces of Tiffany & Co. and Jean Schlumberger elevated the status and possibilities of both parties. With Schlumberger, Tiffany produced creative and expressive designs never before fathomed by the jewelry house. And with Tiffany, Schlumberger had access to a far more expansive supply of quality stones, the likes of which he had never seen.

 

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