Dating to c.1880, this incredible Victorian floral spray tremblant brooch is a phenomenal jewel packed with old mine-cut diamonds!
Measuring a grand 3" long x 1 1/2" at it's widest point, this is easily the most impressive Victorian diamond brooch I have had the pleasure to present in a great while! This incredible jewel takes the form of a full-blown flower and spray of naturalistic leaves, and is set with literally hundreds of old-mine cut diamonds from top to bottom! This bespeaks the remarkable quality of this brooch, as the vast majority of Victorian spray brooches are set with single-cut or rose-cut diamonds. The use of old-mine cut stones required a great deal of labor on the part of the mid 19th-century lapidary, and this magnificent jewel is packed with 229 of them!
The focal point of the brooch is the large flower, which measures 1 1/8" in diameter on its own! The center of this blossom features an old mine-cut diamond measuring 4.5 mm and weighing a calculated 40 points. This diamond is claw-set set above a halo of 14 old mine cut diamonds "sparks" of approx. 1 point each. The six openwork petals are set with a total of 66 bead-set, open-backed old mine cut diamonds averaging 2 points each, and the head of the flower is set upon a sturdy spring, so that the flower dances with every move!
The spray of leaves are works of art in themselves; the four naturalistic leaves boast a total of 148 additional old mine-cut diamonds and one slightly larger OMC diamond in the "stem," weighing a total of 2.98 carats! All together, this adds up to 229 diamonds and a total carat weight of 3.28 carats! Best of all, this brooch has made it through 135+ years in phenomenal condition, with no missing or replaced diamonds! Needless to say, this exquisite brooch looks fabulous with anything you choose to wear it with, from a business suit to a black cocktail dress! The diamonds shoot out fire from every angle, and the design is timeless! This is a sturdy jewel, weighing in at 24.84 grams.
This meticulously-wrought jewel is crafted from sterling silver, re-inforced with 14k rose-gold braces on the two largest sprays. The brooch retains it's original fold-over 14k gold pin stem; the only sign of conservation is the early 14k locking pin clasp, which was likely added c.1920. This jewel has not been cleaned, and boasts a luscious bloom to the silver and gold which only the passing of generations can impart. I particularly love the way that the flower petals and leaves are interpreted with such realism, with curling petals and twining foliage! JUST SPECTACULAR!
If you collect the ULTIMATE in Victorian jewelry, this diamond-encrusted brooch will take pride of place in your collection! It would also make a thrilling gift for any lady fond of the BEST in Victorian jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this exquisite jewel; up to 160-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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