An amazing example of intricate Victorian jewelry making, and a unique piece of jewelry history. Dating from the second half of the 19th Century, this superb brooch begins with a central, free-form, dendritic agate centerpiece (explained more fully below), bezel-set in a millegrain-edged, 10kt gold setting, surrounded by an inner halo featuring four Old European cut diamonds of approximately 0.15ct each, the halo completed by seed pearls, alternating with seed-like accents of ridged gold that are embellished with brownish-red, semi-translucent enamel. An outer circle repeats the brownish-red enamel "seeds", here alternating with green enameled gold "seeds" tipped with tiny white enamel beads. The scroll-edged, outer frame of gold is traced with a swirling motif of black enamel, while the inner gold frame is highlighted by its textured, matte finish. The more you look at this magnificent brooch, the more you appreciate the stunning workmanship and artistry that it entails. A very wearable piece of jewelry today, and an absolute collector's dream.
This superbly made brooch weighs 34.7 grams. The center, free-form stone is dendritic agate. This is a semi-translucent agate that possesses astonishing, natural inclusions that can take on a variety of appearances, often, as here, evoking plant life. The halo surrounding the agate includes four, oval, Old European cut diamonds, each of approximately 0.15ct, and with an estimated G color and VS2 clarity. Total carat weight of the diamonds is 0.60ct. (Weights and grading estimated, as permitted by the mounting). The mounting is unstamped, but acid-tested as 10kt gold at a minimum. The brooch measures 2-1/2" wide by 2" high. The pin closes with a "C" clasp style fitting, enhanced with a hinged safety closure. The brooch is in excellent vintage condition, with just a few tiny scratches observed in the gold on the back.
This truly unique Victorian brooch will arrive in a fine quality presentation box.
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