Marcus & Co. Emerald and Diamond Brooch


New York City served as the home to most of America’s finest jewelers of the 19th century. After emigrating from Germany to New York in 1850, Herman Marcus became an associate at Tiffany & Co. A well-educated man with strong connections and a keen sense of style, Hermann left Tiffany in the 1890s to help his two sons build what would become Marcus & Co., a highly respected American jewelry house.

During the early years of the twentieth century, Marcus & Co. produced a variety of Revivalist-style jewelry. Egyptian and Mughal (Indian) inspired pieces were created as in the Renaissance Revival style seen here in the design of this brooch. The use of cabochon emeralds in this piece harkens back to historic Mughal jewelry as well as the brooches and pendants that were popular accessories in the Renaissance.

Date Made: 1900 - 1930

Maker: Marcus and Company

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of Fortunato Porotto

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CS.293395.001Catalog Number: 293395.001Accession Number: 293395

Object Name: BroochObject Type: BroochJewelryOther Terms: Brooch; Jewelry; Accessories Worn on the Body; Female

Physical Description: fabric (case material)metal (case material)metal, gold (overall material)pearl (overall material)stone, diamond (overall material)stone, emerald (overall material)Measurements: brooch: 10.5 cm x 5.4 cm x 1.8 cm; 4 1/8 in x 2 1/8 in x 11/16 in


Record Id: nmah_358959

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