My favorite spot on my trip to London was the Victoria and Albert Museum. I went back twice. I really enjoyed reading all the descriptions and meaning of the jewels displayed. Hopefully, this information will help me better describe my offerings.
While there I really fell in love with a grand Almandine Garnet Carbuncle Brooch. And great to my surprise I was able to find two similar brooches while shopping. Here is the first.
This is a late 19th Century Mourning Brooch with 4 large Almandine Garnet Carbuncle stones. I learned that Carbuncle means "live coal" and that attests to the smoldering brilliance of these large stones. The largest stone is 16 mm by 14 mm. There are 4 well matched stones and the lower portion can be removed and a watch can replace it.
The back has the typical "T" bar and "C" clasp with the little hump in the pin to ensure its secure fastening. There is a large glass portion for a picture or hair. This is what secures this Brooch as a Mourning piece. The brooch weighs 16.3 grams and is 2 1/2" by 2".
Beautiful condition with great patina and detail. I was unable to find anything similar on the internet. Presented here for you on Ruby Lane.
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