Smashing Diamond Cat Pendant Brooch
The Victorian era can be viewed as having given rise to the concept of having a dog or cat as a family pet. Before that time the cat was often relegated to ridding the premises of vermin and dogs had a working role as protector and assistant to the hunt. The close relationship which developed between human and animal led to the fabrication of animal-related jewelry. Although most of this was dedicated to the dog, there was a following who truly appreciate the type of companionship a cat provided.
Rendered in the style we have come to regard as Georgian revival, this late 19th century pendant brooch shares many of those characteristics. The silver-topped 14k yellow gold form is set closed back with one hundred and one (101) old mine, rose and cushion cut diamonds (total estimated diamond weight 1.45 carats). A laurel wreath and garland design accentuates the flatter, two-dimensional quality reflective of this style. Sitting within the wreath is a 14k yellow gold cat playing with a diamond studded ball cat toy. The original diamond brooch bale is removable and can be worn separately.
Date: Circa 1880.
Measurements: 2 inches (5 cm) in total length by 15/16 of an inch (2.4 cm) in width. Weight of 13.1 grams (8.4 dwt).
Condition: Excellent; one diamond is chipped visible with a loupe; hinge replaced long ago.
Note: Diamonds have not been removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting. All diamond weights have been approximated by measurement and formula and may vary from actual weights.
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