Yogo Montana Sapphire Brooch by Marcus & Co.

  • Eight rare Yogo Montana sapphires are set in this unique brooch
  • Crafted by American jewelry firm of Marcus & Co., it embodies timeless Art Deco elegance
  • Set in platinum with diamond accents
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Item No. 31-5639

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The elegance of Art Deco design comes to life in this period brooch by Marcus & Co. Sparkling with eight Yogo Gulch Montana sapphires totaling approximately 2.00 carats alternating with eight rose-cut diamond accents, this wreath pin exudes lightness and luxury. Set in platinum.

Mined only from Yogo Gulch in Montana, these sapphires display the vivid, uniform cornflower blue hue that is unique to sapphires from this region. Upon their discovery in the 1880s, famed Tiffany & Co. gemologist George Kunz described these sapphires as “the finest precious gemstones ever found in America.” Unlike most other sapphires, the Yogo sapphire's distinct color is weakened by heat treatments, meaning virtually all examples are left untreated and natural.

The American jewelry firm of Marcus & Co. was founded in 1892 by Herman Marcus, a German immigrant whose knowledge of European trends and previous experience at Ellemeyer, court jewelers of Dresden, won him a position at Tiffany & Co. In 1884, Marcus left Tiffany to join Jaques and Marcus, a firm in which his son was a partner. By the time the family took control of the business in 1892, the firm had succeeded in introducing lesser-known colored gemstones to the market, creating pieces with gems such as tourmalines, opals, garnets, peridots and Yogo sapphires, as seen in this brooch.

Signed "Marcus" for Marcus & Co.

1 1/2" diameter
Yogo Montana Sapphire Brooch by Marcus & Co.
Period: 20th Century
Origin: America
Type: Brooches
Style: Art Deco
Yogo Montana Sapphire Brooch by Marcus & Co.
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