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Marcus & Co. Emerald and Diamond Brooch

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.
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Object Name
Object Type
Date made
1900 - 1930
Marcus and Company
Physical Description
fabric (case material)
metal (case material)
metal, gold (overall material)
pearl (overall material)
stone, diamond (overall material)
stone, emerald (overall material)
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
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Forunato Porotto
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Cultural and Community Life: Costume
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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