Flamboyant Spanish Emerald & Gold Brooch
The Spanish conquistadors brought back emeralds from Columbia during the 16th century. With that, naturally their jewelry became studded with those lush green gems and their passion for them was seemingly insatiable. This is a stunning brooch of high carat gold, with table square and rectangular cut emeralds dotting the surface. There are twenty-nine (29) emeralds in all ranging in size from the center stone at approximately 9/10 of a carat, four at 2/10 of a carat, and the rest ranging from .03 - .05 of a carat (please note these are estimates as they cannot be weighted in situ). This ornate brooch is in an equal cruciform motif and was part of a larger brooch or stomacher. Above it at one time hovered a large bow form. This was a removable element as evidenced by its original pendant hook. The center emerald is set within a dome of gold, each surrounding emerald is set within a 17th century style with ribbed gold edges. The arms are fleur de lis and flourishes. The reverse is delight to beyond, with its careful gold smithing and rounded puffs of gold. It measures 1 7/8 inches high by just under 2 inches wide (5 cm by 4.7 cm). Spanish origin dating the second half of the 18th century. In very good condition with later pin back and very slight touches of solder evident at the connection points. Hallmarked with a town mark.
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