Diamonds Are: Victorian Diamond Brooch
In the 18th and early 19th century, jewelry often employed diamonds but in many instances took on a more minor role to the overall jewel. It was not until the discoveries of the 1850s and 1860s of the great diamond mines in Africa and Australia that the world finally had a steady and large supply of diamonds for the first time in history. Diamond jewelry was accessible to those with the means to afford it and diamonds soon became the prominent feature of many jewels.
Such is the case with this silver-topped 9k rose gold brooch. Note the proliferation of diamonds, an array of old mine cut, old single cut and rose cut diamonds (for the smallest). With an estimated total of 2.1 carats and a color range of I-J or better and a clarity of SI1-SI3 clarity, all glitter and shine with a bright white sheen. The flower spray brooch is awash with diamonds, with the personality to match the lively naturalistic motif. The three-dimensional construction along with the organic rendering along an arced spine is characteristic of many floral spray brooches of the period.
Date: Circa 1880.
Measurements: 2-1/4 inches (5.6 cm) in length by 1-1/4 inch (3.1 cm) at the widest. Weight of 9.3 grams (6.0 dwt).
Origin: Most likely English.
Note: Diamond weights are approximated by measurement and formula and may vary from actual if removed. Grading may also vary. All metals are acid tested.
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