Butterfly Brooch

Jewelled yellow gold

Butterfly Robin

matt yellow gold, its engraved wings set with sapphires, rubies and old brilliant cut diamonds, its abdomen formed from an oval blue sapphire, the wings are ingeniously hinged on a spring which forms the insect’s thorax, when the wings are released the legs beneath come together to secure the brooch in wear.

By Paul Robin, Paris, circa 1890, 3.3 cm across.