In nineteenth-century France, many jewelry houses provided adornments for the bourgeoisie while also striving for technical innovation in their craft. Among these firms was Maison Plisson et Hartz, whose jewelry can be found in the Metropolitan Museum’s collection. Their popular designs included animals such as rabbits, cats, lizards, tortoises, and crabs; these were conceived en ronde bosse
(in the round) and pavé-set with diamonds, decorated with gems. Our charming lizard pin is based on an original (ca. 1900) by Maison Plisson et Hartz.
18K gold overlay, made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. Imported. 2 1/2''L x 1''W.