Victorian Revival Style Black Glass Cameo Cut Steel Rhinestones Large Ornate Mourning Brooch Pin.
$85.00 The cameo is larger than most and has very ornate black glass marquis shape rhinestones and cut steel work. The stones are prong set. The cameo itself is material that resembles jet glass, being black glass. The cameo is beautiful, and the glass is bevel cut around the border, so that it picks up the light beautifully when worn (can't be appreciated in the photos). The price has been reduced for this reason. The brooch measures 2-1/8" long by 1-3/4" across. It is substantial at 24.9 grams. The setting is not hallmarked and has a safety closure.
The cut steel was meant to be a lovely substitute for diamonds, which we know were far from refined enough until the modern age to give off that clear sparkle. While cut steel was certainly popular in the 17 th and 18 th centuries, surprising little of it remains. Someone along the line has replaced a few with marcasites..
The brooch is in overall really lovely condition. There is a chip at the very edge of the glass which is against the setting (bottom left corner). I find it's not noticeable because of where it is, but I have tried to capture it in the photo.
This is a very elegant piece which I believe to be early Victorian.The woman captured in the carving is quite unusual and alluring!
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