This impressive diamond brooch will go under the hammer at Strauss & Co’s March 16 auction.

The impressive and historical diamond brooch will go under the hammer at the March 16th Strauss & Co’s auction. It was originally a gift from Colonel Sir David Harriss, who was a pioneer of the South African diamond industry to his wife, Rosa Gabriel of Pomerania (Prussia), whom he married in 1873. Throughout his lifetime Harris maintained his strong love for Kimberley due to his volunteering in the Diamond Fields Horse and Kimberley Regiment, and lastly the commander of the Town Guard during the seige of Kimberely in which he was awarded the CMG and knighted in 1911.

This strong love for the country and its people was shared by Rosa as well. Phoebe, their daughter also shared a strong sense of duty and service, and was eventually passed onto her own daughter, Rossa Anne. Rosa Anne was a founding member of Save the Children (Cape) and the organisation’s chairlady for 30 years.

The historical piece is comprised of seven flowerheads, the center claw-set with an old brilliant-cut diamond that weighs approximately 3.20 carats, enclosed by yellow and white old brilliant and old European-cut diamonds weighing a total of roughly 10.80 to 11.30 carats that is mounted in gold and platinum.

The current owners will continue the family’s legacy that is attached to the brooch by by donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale to the Cape Branch of Save the Children.




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