A delightful brooch in the shape of a buckle, created from Yellow and Rose 18 K gold (acid tested). Circa 1880.
The Royal Order of the Garter became a popular motif for jewelry during Queen Victoria's reign. Members of the order would normally wear the garter buckled to their knee. Queen Victoria however, was more modest, and chose to wear the Garter on her sleeve. Thus creating a fashion in garter or buckle motifs for brooches and rings, by people wanting emulate their very popular Queen.
The circular section of the brooch is hollow, with extensive chasing detail. The primary strap, with the synthetic blue turquoise cabochon, is in a fixed position.
The pointed end of the strap, moves around a central pin. This is the only section which is 18K yellow gold, the rest of the brooch is 18k rose gold.
There is a C clasp , at the rear. There are no hallmarks, but the fineness has been acid tested.
The external diameter of the brooch is 34 mm. The weight of the brooch is 13.3 grams.