Presenting a early Victorian dimensional brooch bin featuring a bead set single cut Diamond in an 9K yellow gold setting with turquoise enameling, very detailed engraving and applied beading in a symmetrical arabesque motif, circa 1850's.
This brooch features a bead set 3mm single cut .12 carat diamond centered in a engraved star cut with turquoise enameling. This continues with very detailed engraving and applied beading completed in a 9K yellow gold symmetrical setting. The brooch measures 1.8" x 1.5" x .8" and weights 20.3 grams. The piece closes securely with tube hinged pin with stop and C-clasp.
The brooch is in excellent antique condition with no dents or breaks. There is a small amount of enamel loss on the top of the brooch dome above the diamond. At some early point the clasp has been replaced. There are barely visible hallmarks on the top back of brooch. Due to age and wear they are only partially legible. It tested in the 12K to 9K range and has been listed as 9K for 375 Gold. JSP testing acid was used to verify the Gold content. A presidium gem tester was used to verify the gemstone. This piece was microscopically examined. The construction and style of this piece date it to the early Victorian period.
The Romantic Period 1837-1860 the themes inspired by the Renaissance and the Middle Ages were everywhere in jewelry design and motifs from nature dominated the period. Popular motifs included: eyes, hands, hearts, anchors, crosses, arrows, clovers, love knots, garters, buckles, vines, and leaves. Seed pearls were frequently arranged in grape clusters. Enameling also enjoyed popularity. Jewelry was produced in less expensive karat Gold. 9, 12 and 15 karat, were legalized to make English jewelry more competitive in the international market.
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