Webster's Dictionary defines a "masterpiece" as "a work done with extraordinary skill or artistic achievement." I have been fortunate enough lately to acquire several jewels which meet this criteria, and I am proud to present the "Masterpiece collection" for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele!
Dating to c.1850, this magnificent ruby brooch comes directly from my personal collection of fine antique jewelry, but I rarely wear it, so I have decided to "de-access" it for the consideration of my Ruby Lane holiday shoppers! It's fantastic, untreated rubies, untouched condition, wearability, and overall rarity combine to make it worthy of Masterpiece status!
Measuring a perfectly-proportioned 2" long x 1 1/2" wide, this brooch is positively encrusted with natural rubies set in a hand-wrought mounting of 14k yellow gold (unmarked but tested)! There are 37 natural rubies here, each hand-cut and faceted, and all perfectly matched for color! These rubies have been lab-tested and display no sign of treatment. The stones are perfectly matched for color, and what color! They are a vibrant fuchsia-red with the slight blue undertone which is characteristic of the finest of these highly sought-after antique gemstones!
As with all hand-faceted stones, each of these rubies is slightly different in size and shape; the smallest of the rubies measures 3 mm and weighs approx. 8 points; the majority of the rubies measure 4-5 mm and weigh approx. 1/4 carat, and the two largest rubies measure 5 mm x 6 mm and weigh in at 40-50 points each! These rubies also boast incredible clarity as well as color; there are no pale or "muddy" stones here! By calculation, the total weight of this magnificent jewel is 7.49 carats! Best of all, every one of the 37 rubies are intact, original, and free from chips or cracks! JUST OUTSTANDING!
All of the rubies are set in foiled, rubbed-over, closed-backed mountings of 14k yellow gold. The center of the brooch features a rose in full bloom, with its leaves and tendrils forming an almost paisley-shaped garland. This motif is often found on Indian jewelry of the 19th-century, and this jewel was almost certainly made in India for the English market. Whomever crafted this masterpiece was a skilled lapidary indeed! This jewel weighs in at 16.18 grams, and blazes with glittering fire from every angle!
The reverse of the brooch displays the pillow back settings of the rubies, and retains its original "T and C" clasp, which is in perfect working order. In fact, this brooch is as fresh as the day it was made for an English lady of extreme wealth and fashion over 160 years ago! It appears to have rarely been worn, and is free of repairs or replacements. Simply a regal example of early Victorian jewelry, this brooch lights up anything you choose to wear it with, and will take you from the office to the opera in high style!
If you collect the NE PLUS ULTRA in antique jewelry, this investment-worthy brooch belongs in your collection! It would also make the holiday gift for a lifetime for any lady fond of the finest rubies, and will be shipped in a gift box suitable for going or storing. Do not miss this rare survival; I never expect to find another, up to 90-day layaways available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
Your Specialists in Fine Jewelry and Decorative Arts from Antiquity - 1900. Est. 1987.
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