Ettore Sottsass / Cleto Munari Diagonal stripe and pyramid ring, 18K gold architectural with inset onyx stripes on a diagonal, inset with approx. 8 carats TW of pave diamonds, signed: Sottsass (script signature), No. 1, CM (Cleto Munari), a star 1611, VI (all in a lozenge), 750, Cleto Funari, c. 1985
British “Tree Frog” brooch, silver set with green and clear paste jewels, red jewel eyes, marks c. 1895
Charles Darwin published his theory of evolution with compelling evidence in his 1859 book “On the Origin of Species” overcoming scientific rejection of earlier concepts of transmutation of specie. By the 1870s both the scientific community and much of the general public had accepted evolution as a fact and awakening the public to the diversity of life. The frog emerging from Darwin’s Pond was a symbol of the times and a favorite theme for jewelry of the era.