Almost no word is worthy enough describing this exquisite Victorian necklace illuminated by 291 rose cut diamonds and 43 old mine brilliant cut diamonds azure-encrusted in silver on an 18K red gold back. Five arched diamond ribbons, with each an inner diamond curtsy, come together on both sides of the central trinity of serrated leaves with suspending diamonds and are joined by leaf stems. In between every jubilant bow, the design of serrated leaves with diamonds is repeated and drizzles down onto the bust of the exclusively chosen one. Although this antique jewel was originally an iridescent tiara meant for a highborn's pate, now in our contemporary fashion it's destined for an even more refined heart. It comes in its original box from a jeweller to the Belgian court.
When this stunning jewel was offered to us, both the tiara's framework as well as the part that would close the tiara to make it into a necklace were missing. So we had to make the neck-part our selves. We did it in such a way that the original design was respected and in a reversable way. In the jewelbox, beneath the presentation part for the tiara, there is still in a special dedicated place the little screw driver and small gold screw that were used to fix the tiara to its frame. (see pictures)
It comes in its original box from a jeweller to the Belgian Court (see pictures). The interior of the box reads in gold letters: Maison Jean Dufour Fres Auguste Dufour Joaillier de L.L.M.M. le Roi & la Reine 104 Rue Royale Bruxelles
Era: Victorian - Experts divide the reign of Queen Victoria, also called The Victorian era (1837 - 1901) into three periods of about twenty years each; The Romantic Victorian Period (1837 - 1860), The Grand Victorian Period (1860 - 1880), and the Late or Aesthetic Victorian Period (1880 - 1901). We consider this to be of the Grand Victorian Period.
Period: ca. 1860
Condition: excellent condition, no trace of wear.
Material: Silver on top and backed with 18 karat red gold. This technique was very often used with jewelry containing diamonds because jewelers of that time believed that only a silver mounting could render the true beauty of a precious stone. They were also aware of the fact that silver jewelry often left black stains on clothing or skin, so they resolved the matter by coating the backs of the jewels in gold.
Diamonds: 43 old brilliant cut diamonds with a total estimated weight of approx. 7.04 crt. and 291 rose cut diamonds. We do not have the weight of the diamonds which is normal in our trade when it comes to rose cuts. The standard rose cut, also called the Dutch rose cut, has 24 triangular facets: 6 star facets meeting at a point at the top and 18 cross facets. Due to the absence of pavilion, many rose cuts are foiled back with a silver foil reflector. Usually, when speaking about a rose cut, people refer to a cone-shaped diamond (or an other prescribed symmetrical form) featuring a variable number of facets (usually two horizontal rows rising to a point) and a flat bottom (which means no pavilion).
Total diamond weight: approx. 7.04 crt. (without the rose cut diamonds)
Dimensions: Inner circumference 42,00 cm (16,54 inch), height in centerpiece 4,50 cm (1,77 inch)
Weight: 76,50 gram
Resizing: Resizing, larger and smaller, is possible. Please ask in advance.
This jewel comes with the certificate of authenticity.