Lucky you to be the owner of this wonderful, Regency saphiret brooch and clip earring set. The brooch features five large, teardrop saphiret stones that form a flower with a large amber rhinestone in the center. A trio of teardrop rhinestones extend between and downward, two amber and one yellow. There is a slightly domed shape to the brooch. The earrings have one round saphiret stone in the middle, with a halo of amber and aurora borealis rhinestones. These came to me as a set, however, the styles are a bit different and they may not have been originally purchased as a set.
Saphiret stones are formed by adding gold to blue stones to create a Kaleidoscopic brown to blue effect. Regency was one of the foremost designers who used saphiret stones in their jewelry - Julia C. Carroll in her book, Costume Jewelry 101, shows two examples of them on pages 259 & 260.
Measurements: This pin is 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter and the earrings are 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter.
Condition: The set is in very good vintage condition overall. The color of the saphiret stones is a lovely shade with more blue than mauve. There is a lot os speckling inside the stones due to age. Please review all photographs carefully for more details, as they form an important part of the description, particularly in regard to to the saphiret stones' condition.
Marks: The back of the pin has a small cartouche stamped "REGENCY." The earrings are unmarked. Several of the major designers of the mid-century era (most notably Florenza, Regency and Hobe) did a few, rare pieces using saphiret stones.
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Vintage Rare Regency Saphiret Brooch and Clip Earring Set
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