A wonderful and substantial oval brooch dating to the late 1700s or early 1800s which is the result of many hours of intensive craftsmanship.
The central paste amethyst is surrounded by hand made tapered rectangular stones, all with foiled backs designed to give off a brilliant sparkle by candlelight. The "amethyst" is bezel set with a fine milgrain beaded edge in silver, framed with a lightly etched frame of rose gold beautifully fitted to the shape of the surrounding clear pastes.
The piece is rendered in sterling silver and rose gold of at least nine-carat fineness, with the brooch fitting crafted in white metal. As typical with pieces from this era there are no hallmarks. The silver and gold has been acid tested and is guaranteed.
This is likely to have originated as a shoe buckle or knee buckle which was converted very nicely into a brooch long ago, probably during the 19th century.
There is a tiny loop at the top of the reverse which makes the piece easy to wear as a pendant, or alternatively it could be pinned to a wide ribbon to make an eyecatching choker.
In very good antique condition; two of the tapered pastes have a tiny chip but you have to search very hard to find them. Otherwise no cracks or issues, just surface wear to the clear stones consistent with such an aged piece.
Size: 4.5 x 3cm. The purple stone measures 2.7 x 1.5cm.
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