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Alas, poor Mary Corben, she perished on the last day of January in the year 1878. I don’t know much about her but we can tell a few things from this fantastic brooch. She must’ve lived a long life, her hair had quite a lot of silver in it, and her family must have been pretty well off, because this memorial made to her would’ve cost a pretty penny, it was gorgeous then and it’s equally beautiful today.

This gorgeous brooch is a simple but highly polished circle of black onyx with edges so beautifully polished that they beg to be touched. The onyx is set with a golden six-pointed star set with creamy white pearls. The back of the brooch is a round frame that holds an intricately woven plaque of hair around which is engraved “In Memoriam Mary Corben Jan.y 31st 1878”. I noticed that there is a tiny round divet drilled into the edge of this brooch, probably that was originally where a safety chain was attached.

The brooch measures 41.2 mm across and weighs 26.8 grams.

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ITEM ID
BHA13513VA
COLOR
Black, Gold, White
ITEM TYPE
Antique
STYLE
Victorian
MATERIAL
Gold, 18K Gold
TYPE
Fine
STONE
Onyx, Pearl
ITEM SIZE
Medium/Large

Victoria Sterling

Antique Gold Black Onyx Pearl Memorial Brooch Pin 18kt

$780

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