Antique Halley's Comet Moss Agate Brooch
One of the reoccurring themes in Georgian and Victorian jewelry is that of the Halley’s Comet brooch. Prevalent throughout the 19th century, a few even from the 18th comet brooches are rather diminutive in size—typically less than 1 inch in length although some are a bit larger, but almost always under 2 inches. (Later 20th century brooches can be quite large but are not Halley's comet brooches, just a motif of a comet). These brooches look especially charming worn together in groups of three or four.
Representing the head of the comet is a Dendritic or moss agate with a high domed cabochon cut claw set within a rectangle of 14k pale rose gold. The formations in the agate create an illusion of forward movement. Hand engraving accents the v-notch shaped tail.
Condition: Excellent; light wear to the stone commensurate with age and use.
Measurements: 1-1/4 inches (3.1 cm) in length by just shy of ½ of an inch (1.1 cm) in length. This antique brooch has a weight of 3.5 grams (2.2 dwt).
Date & Origin: Circa 1835 and is English in origin.
Overall Scale: Small to petite
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