Waxing & Waning - Antique Diamond Crescent Brooch
As we can easily see, the true companion of Brother Moon is not Sister Sun but the diamond. This superb rendition of a Victorian crescent brooch boasts sixty-five old mine cut and shaped diamonds of ovals, rectangles and square cushions.
This is quite an unusual piece as the majority of crescent moon typically have very regular rows of old mine cut diamonds of about the same size and shape. The largest diamond set in this shimmering brooch is approximately .75 to .80 carats with most averaging .03 to .05 carats. Many are larger with some between .15 to .20 carats. The total estimated diamond weight is 3.25 carats of glittering brilliant diamonds with color H-J and clarity SI-VS.
The mount is silver topped 14k yellow gold which displays these exceedingly white and brilliant diamonds to their best. The reverse shows a cleverly mechanism that enables the brooch fittings to be removed using a screw fitting. This indicates that in all probability there was a hair pin or other fitting that accompanied the brooch. If desired, we can have a removable pendant fitting fabricated, thus enabling the brooch also to be worn as a pendant.
This antique brooch, although not exceedingly large in size has a tremendous visual impact that is above all, dazzling in person.
Condition: Very good; three of the smaller diamonds have tiny chips visible with a loupe.
Measurements: 1-1/4 inches (3.2 cm) in length by ½ of an inch (1.1 cm) wide in the middle with a total width of more than 1-1/8 inches (2.7 cm) from the middle to the tip. This antique brooch has a weight of 7.9 grams (5.1 dwt).
Date: Circa 1880 but possibly as early as 1850.
Note: All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.