Own a piece of history! Stunning platinum double clip brooch by esteemed jewelry designer Raymond Yard featuring two round Burmese rubies totaling 3.97 carats. The brooch was methodically assembled so that it can be worn as one complete piece, or taken apart to be worn as two pieces. The patriotic 1940s spray design is gliterring with diamonds and rubies. The diamonds in the piece have a combined total weight of 8.13 carats, FG in color and VS1-SI1 in clarity. The additional rubies in the piece have a combined total weight of 5.34 carats. The brooch measures 3.75" x 2". Circa 1947. Appraised Value $180,000.00
"Known for his unique flair and keen eye for quality, Raymond Carter Yard set a high standard for American jewelry design in the 20th century. Born the son of a railroad conductor in Montclair, New Jersey, in 1885, as a boy Raymond Yard became known to William Elder Marcus, owner of Marcus & Co, an established jewelry firm in New York City. After Yard’s father died, Marcus offered the young Raymond a job, and at thirteen years of age he quit school and moved to Manhattan with his mother.
Under the guidance of William Elder Marcus, Yard immersed himself in the world of jewelry and steadily climbed the ranks of the firm, forming close relationships with the elite of American society along the way. Yard’s honest demeanor and knowledge of jewelry caught the eye of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and they developed a personal and professional relationship that would greatly affect Yard’s career.
Rockefeller strongly encouraged Raymond Yard to establish his own firm. Yard resigned from Marcus & Co. at the age of 37, and opened his first salon in May 1922 at 527 Fifth Avenue. That year, the firm serviced over a thousand customers. Within four years, with business booming and more space needed, Raymond C. Yard, Inc. had moved location up Fifth Avenue. Raymond Yard’s extensive client base greatly helped him to grow his company. Rockefeller believed in Yard’s design work and introduced him to New York’s wealthiest families, including the Vanderbilts, the DuPonts and the Woolworths.
This beautiful assemblage of Yard jewelry comes from a private collection, reflecting the peak of the Yard classical style."