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This pair of Harry Emanuel earrings featuring two ruby-topaz hummingbirds were made in 1965. Emanuel's setting in this pair was so innovative he registered a patent for this style of setting. The patent number along with his makers mark can be seen on the reverse.

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This set of earrings can be dated to around 1850. The maker is unknown but Ward & Co and A Boucard both exhibited both hummingbird and beetle set jewellery at the London International Exhibition of 1872, showing that this trend was firmly cemented in Victorian fashion.

87901-1 A mid 19th century gold ruby-topaz hummingbird brooch, circa 1870. Estimate £500 – £700

Fellows sale this month has an incredible example of this unique fashion. This rare ruby-topaz hummingbird gets its name from the colours of the feathers. The colouring and iridescence of the feathers is what sets the hummingbirds apart as such valued items. It is not pigments that give the feather its colours, instead it is the refracted light falling at certain angles onto hummingbird's throat area, the gorget.

Fellows' Antique & Modern Jewellery sale will take place on 13th August. Search Fellows sale here.

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