I love this adorable Georgian brooch especially because it doubles up as a pendant! Early leaf jewellery is a rare find anyway, and that it has survived plus 200 years is amazing. Made in England around 1820. The cabochon garnet - a deep, dark wine red colour has been hand carved beautifully and is in incredible condition. Not one abrasion or scratch! Typical of the Georgian era, it is set in a foiled, closed back setting (to highlight the colour especially when light hits it). The seed pearls have a approximate 1.99 mm diameter each. They are a lovely creamy colour and in very good condition, as you can see in the photos (1st and 4th photos represent the colour the best). There is a little bit of dirt in between the pearls which the camera picks up, but this can't be noticed by the naked eye.
Since ancient times the leaf has symbolised happiness and garnets, regeneration and energising. During the last and first quarters of the 18th and 19th Centuries seeds pearls became popular and symbolised purity and innocence.. One is usually used to them symbolising tear drops in Victorian jewellery, so for a change we have a happy and uplifting little brooch! :) I wonder if this was a bespoke piece made for a gentleman to give to his sweetheart fiancee..?
The piece is made of 9 carat rose gold (tested) and the pin is of gilded metal (tested). Its a cute wee size measuring 0.56 x 1.05 x 0.31 inches and weighs 3.2g. It has a T hinge and C clasp brooch fitting as well as a bale, both working perfectly. I'm all about the double function items! The bale is pretty small so if you match it with a chain, a jeweller would probably need to make an elongated shaped hoop on the end of the chain to fit through.
The overall antique condition is very good. All that needs to be mentioned is the closed gold setting at the back has split away slightly from the brooch, but just in one section and I have photographed this for you (no. 8). I have had this looked at by a jeweller and he tells me this does not compromise the piece. However, I would suggest that just as the previous owner has clearly loved and looked after this piece, care should be taken with it. For example, to preserve the pearls, I would suggest not spraying any perfume or sprays when you are wearing the piece. But other than that, wear away and enjoy :)
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