Georgian Garnet & Diamond Brooch
The 18th century had a fondness for ribbons and flowers. Clever jewelers re-interpreted these bits of adornment and transformed them into glittering specks of gems and precious metals. Here the simple flower and bow motif has metamorphosed into a Georgian diamond and garnet set brooch.
A substantial silver form provides the framework for a diamond display of sparkling rose cuts and two table-cut diamonds to unite with a palette of teardrop and cabochon garnets, ranging in colors from delicate rose to palatial pink. Strands of silver ribbon are encrusted with shimmering diamonds closed and foiled back and set with tips. The central garnet is set in yellow gold within a tightly pinched collet mount. Crested with a floral and leaf form surmount, the heavy silver antique brooch is symmetrically balanced by its floral capped garnet drop.
Measurements: 1-1/2 inches (3.8 cm) in total length including the drop by 1-5/8 inches (4 cm) in width. Has a weight of 12.0 grams.
Condition: Very good; three small diamonds are chipped; addition of 20th century safety clasp and base; evidence of old glue on tips of garnet cabochons. Garnets have many inclusions.
Date: Circa late 18th century