Dating to c.1830-1840, this transitional late Georgian/early Victorian brooch is a lovely example of the jewelry of the 1830s!
Measuring a large 2" long x 1 1/2" wide, this brooch is a beautifully-crafted delight! The focal point here is the bright rhodolite garnet, which weighs approx. 4 carats, and is collet-and-claw set in a frame of bright gold pinchbeck, with serpent-like pinchbeck tendrils gracefully encircling the stone!
The garnet and golden plaque is set in a luscious plaque of white chalcedony, which is bevelled at the edge. The plaque is mounted in a rubbed-over pinchbeck bezel, and finished with an elegant twisted rope-motif pinchbeck frame. As most collectors know, pinchbeck was the first gold substitute, invented in the 1740s by watchmaker Sir Christopher Pinchbeck. It has the appearance and weight of 20k gold, and does not wear or tarnish. It was replaced by the electroplating process in 1840 which was more economical commercially, but later Victorian plated gold never captured the rich color and durability of pinchbeck.
This brooch has survived the past 170+ years in excellent condition, and is free of damage, losses or repairs. The brooch retains its original "T and C" clasp, and has a loop at the top, so it could also be worn as a pendant! This jewel weighs 26.1 grams, and is one of the prettiest brooches of its kind I have seen in a long while. The large, rich violet-red garnet really glows against the creamy white chalcedony, and the pinchbeck tendrils add even more texture and color to this stately jewel!
If you collect the best in Georgian jewelry, this pinchbeck and gemstone beauty will make a wonderful and wearable addition to your collection! It lights up on a lapel or a sweater, and the option to wear it as a pendant enhances its wearability! This brooch will be shipped in a gift box suitable for storing or giving. Do not miss this 1830s beauty - it is priced right!
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