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Salamander brooch

The brooch is in the form of a salamander with diamond body and green garnet eyes and a green garnet stripe down back. The clasp for the pin stem has been replaced.


S289 scratched on underside of tail


Ex-collection gemologist Mona Nesseth, CA; gift from Nesseth to the MFA (Accession date: December 31, 2008)

Credit Line

Gift of Mona Lee Nesseth

Probably American, Late 19th to early 20th century


Height x width x depth: 6.4 x 2.5 x 1.3 cm (2 1/2 x 1 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, diamond, and demantoid garnet


Textiles and Fashion Arts


Jewelry / Adornment, Brooches