Dating to ca. 1840-1850, this early-Victorian brooch comes directly from my private collection of fine antique jewelry, but I seldom wear it, and it is a shame to let it sit in the vault, so I am presenting it for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele!
Measuring 2" long x 1 1/2" tall, this brooch is crafted from 9kt yellow gold (unmarked but tested). The motif is a lover's knot, embellished with scrollwork above and below the three beautiful pink topaz cabochons, and the tube-type body is engraved with floral decoration. These gemstones are absolutely breath-taking; they are the prettiest shade of rich, bright pink with the slightest hint of blue found in the finest pink topazes! Please note: these are genuine pink topazes, NOT pastes!
The three gems are collet-set in individual foiled closed-back mountings. The center topaz weighs approx. 4 carats, and the two side stones weigh approx. 3 carats each. These luscious stones are beautifully polished, and are free of chips, cracks, or damage to the foils. Likewise, the gold foundation is in wonderful condition. The only sign of wear is a 1/8" hole pierced through one of the tubes at the back of the brooch; this is not visible when worn, and does not affect the appearance nor the inherent value of the piece. Nevertheless, I have set my price with this bit of wear in mind.
The back of the brooch holds a woven brown hair token beneath its original crystal, indicating that this brooch was originally intended as a love jewel. The "T and C" clasp is present, although it appears that it is a very early replacement; it was likely replaced no later than c.1860. There is a loop on the top of the brooch for a safety chain, now lost, but I added a jump ring through the loop so you can also wear this brooch as an impressive pendant!
Weighing in at 15 grams, this is a substantial jewel that is of far higher quality than most Romantic-era stone-set knot brooches I have seen. I fell in love with the pink topazes, which really glow! This brooch has not been cleaned, and has built up a rich "bloom" to the gold. It could be polished up to its original shining glory if the new owner so desires, but I always leave the patina on my antique jewelry, as it is a testament to its long history.
If you collect the best in late Georgian/early Victorian jewelry, this beauty belongs in your collection! It would also make a wonderful holiday gift for any lady fond of pink topazes or antique brooches. (Better yet, treat yourself this year; you deserve it!) Either way, do not miss this elegant jewel; I do not expect to find another of this quality anytime soon!
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