Starry Night - Victorian Diamond Star Brooch
Larger than the typical star brooch, this Victorian brooch of silver-topped 18k yellow gold is a joy to behold in person. Emanating from a central old mine cut diamond of an estimated 1.05 carats, twelve diamond-studded points reach out to the universe. The four longer rays are each set with seven diamond; the shorter ones have four. In all, sixty-seven (67) diamonds with the largest being old mine cuts and the smallest at the tip ends are rose cuts.
An extraordinary 6.25 carats in estimated weight, the diamonds are set in silver-topped gold as was characteristic for the time. The color range for this type of jewelry is usually in the light yellow range (L-O) but for this specific piece it is quite high and white at H-I with a few at the J-K range, all dazzling and white. Clarity averages VS1-SI1 with a few of the smaller diamonds at SI2.
The removable brooch fitting is a bit wider that the points and shows a tad when attached. The pendant bale is deficient but the bottom of the fitting is intact and a loupe can be added if so desired. A later date safety clasp has been affixed.
Date: Circa 1880.
Measurements: 2 inches (5.1 cm) in diameter. Weight of 10.7 grams (6.9 dwt).
Condition: Excellent; it appears as though a few diamonds tips are reinforced; possibly one or two tiny rose cut diamonds replaced.
Note: Diamonds were not removed to preserve the integrity of the setting. Weights are approximated by measurement and formula and may vary from actual weights. Grading may vary if stones are removed.
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