Dating to c.1870-1880, this magnificent diamond-encrusted flower brooch can also be worn as a pendant, and is a high-Victorian treasure!
Measuring 1 1/4" wide x 1 1/2" long, this perfectly-proportioned diamond-set flower brooch takes my breath away, and the moment I saw it, I knew that I had to have it for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele! This jewel epitomizes all that is so wonderful about 19th-century lapidary work; it is set with magnificent, top-quality diamonds, is marvelously-designed, and is a highly-wearable investment piece!
The center diamond is the focal point of this radiant blossom; it measures 8 mm in diameter and weighs a calculated 80 points, although as with all rose-cut diamonds, it "faces up" closer to 1 1/4 carats! This Dutch rose-cut gem is closed and foiled at the back, and set in an individual collet of sterling silver with ten silver "claws." The stamen of the flower is represented by ten rose-cut diamond "sparks" weighing approx. 3 points each, which are set in tiny, individual silver collets set around the center stone. The five petals curl with delightful realism, and are set with 50 additional rose-cut diamonds and one table-cut diamond ranging in size from 25 points (the large heart-shaped diamond set in the top petal) down to two points each.
All of these stones are bead- and collet-set in closed-backed mountings of sterling silver-topped 18k gold (assay mark of "18" on pin stem; tested). That adds up to 61 diamonds weighing a total of 3.39 carats! As most collectors know, one cannot judge antique diamonds according to the standards of their modern GIA descendants, but these stones boast exceptional whiteness and terrific clarity in an era when diamonds were seen only under gaslight. As you can see in the enlarged photographs, there are no unsightly carbon inclusions or feathers in these diamonds!
Best of all, this dazzling flower has made it into the 21st-century in as fine a condition as the most discerning collector could hope for! All of the diamonds are original to the brooch, and the jewel retains its original "T" clasp and trombone safety clasp. The reverse of the brooch is also backed with a solid 18k brace; there is a small opening at the bottom through which one could thread a narrow chain and wear this lovely blossom as a pendant! Whether worn facing up or down, this flower packs tons of fire, and the quality is second-to-none!
Weighing in at an impressive 13.42 grams, this beautiful jewel is truly timeless! It has not been cleaned, and the gold and silver have built up a luscious patina which only the passing of generations can impart - the back of the jewel is so untouched that it is almost iridescent! Simply a fabulous example of the Victorian jeweler's craft, this blossom looks fabulous whether pinned to a lapel or sweater, or worn as a pendant! It would also make a thrilling gift for any lady fond of the finest in antique diamond jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this superb treasure; up to 90-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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