Antique Moonstone Halleys Comet Brooch
From ancient times to the present day jewelry is made to mark a spectacular event ranging from the great discovery of archaeological wonders to the commemoration of an astrological event. The early 18th century discovery of the periodic seventy-five year reappearance of a specific comet by English astronomer Edmund Halley has been memorialized time and time again with examples of comet inspired jewelry.
Examples are dated as early as the 18th century and the style remained in fashion on and off through the 19th century. Almost all of the earlier comet brooches are rather diminutive in size—typically less than 1 inch in length. This late 19th century brooch of 14k yellow gold brazes through the sky in its entire splendor with an estimated 1.5 carat fine oval blue moonstone with strong adularescence at its center. Larger than its earlier brethren, sensuous curves, scrolls and golden orbs send this celestial event straight into today’s orbit.
Measurements: 1-1/2 inches (3.8 cm) in length by 5/8 inches (1.6 cm) in width. Weight of 3.2 grams (2.0 dwt).
Hallmarks: 585; maker's mark of HF.
Note: Gemstone was not removed to preserve the integrity of the setting. Weight is approximated by measurement and formula and may vary from actual weight.
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