Edwardian Splendor: Enamel Diamond Set Rose Brooch
Representing a Rosa centifolia or provence rose, this “hundred petaled” blossom is a complex hybrid was bred between the 17th and 19th century by Dutch flower developers. The 19th century loved this Rose de Mai and used it for a symbol as the ambassador of love. Enamel brooches, such as the one illustrated here were enormously popular at the turn of the 20th century Belle Époque and beyond. This example is manufactured by the D. De W. Brokaw New York jewelry firm.
Rendered in 14k yellow gold and royal purple enamel, this very fragrant ambassador of love brooch is adorned with an old European cut diamond center of about .30 carats for just the right touch of sparkle and glitter.
Measurements: 1 inch (2.5 cm) in length by 1-1/16 inches (2.6 cm) in width. Weigh of 7.4 grams (4.7 dwt).
Hallmarks: 14k; two acorns for maker D. De W. Brokaw.
Date & Origin: 1915 and is American in origin.
Note: Diamond has not been removed from mount to preserve the integrity of the setting. Diamond weight has been approximated by measurement and formula and may vary from actual weight.
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