Garrard Antique Labradorite Brooch in Box
Entrancing to behold, labradorite is a gemstone not often seen today. With an array of colors which ranges from moss green to vivid iridescent blue, the more the gem is move, the more it comes to life. Its mysterious inner hues are revealed as it is worn and it is surprising how few people know about its inherent beauty.
A delicate three-dimensional flower form is carved with two leaves underneath. At is center an old mine cut diamond of an estimated .10 carats radiates with white fire. The brooch is in 15k yellow gold and can easily be converted to a pendant if so desired.
Accompanied by its original box of issue, "R.S. Garrard & Co. Goldsmiths & Jewellers, To the Crown, 25 Haymarket, London” is stamped in gold to the interior. This royally appointed jeweler, known for its superb jewels is one of the finest in the United Kingdom.
Date: Circa 1890.
Measurements: 3/4 of an inch (1.8 cm) in length by 9/16 of an inch (1.5 cm) in width. Weight of 3.2 grams (2.0 dwt).
Condition: Excellent; light wear to surface; natural veining and color variation is natural to stone. Box is original and has external wear to the high points and light staining to the interior.
Note: Diamond has not been removed from its mount to preserve the integrity of the setting. Diamond weight has been approximated by measurement and formula and may vary from actual weight.
Historical Notes: Originally founded in 1722 by George Wickes who in 1735 was appointed Royal Goldsmith to Frederick, Prince of Wales, the firm underwent several changes of partnership and name before becoming Garrard & Co. and in 1830 Robert Garrard succeeded Philip Rundell as Royal Goldsmith and in 1843 by commission of Queen Victoria became the Crown Jewellers of the United Kingdom charged with the upkeep of the British crown jewels and remained so until 2007.
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