Antique Topaz & Diamond Brooch
Occasionally a piece of jewelry is strongly evocative of a time in history, its essence and atmosphere. This is such a brooch its character and presence a testament to long ago. Set with a visually arresting variety of gem cuts – none quite alike – this brooch is classically eighteenth century. Jewelry of this time was often characterized by expressive hand-worked settings stones that each one are distinctive. Its imperfections give it an utterly charming appeal. No stone quite matched another, and while the setting is a simple and elegant shape, the details of its execution are varied. The topazes varying slightly in color, size and shape - from a large pear shape in the center, to a number of square flat-cuts. The center stone measures a massive 3/4 of an inch long by 1/2 in wide. There are 13 rose cut pear shape diamonds, and 30 rose-cut rounds for a total of 43 diamonds in all! These are all hand cut, and mounted in silver. Many are mounted to suggests a leaf motif. The stones are foil backed, giving each a soft glow. The topazes have particular warmth and charm. Measures 1 7/8 inches long by 1 3/4 inches wide. The reverse reveals pillows of silver, making the back almost as lovely and interesting as the front. The original tube hinge, pin stem and later clasp. Traces of original gold vermeil on the reverse. Circa 1770. Very good condition with pin stem slightly bent, old reworking of the clasp and overall very minor surface wear to the stones. As with all foiled early jewelry, the foiling does not age at the same rate giving all the topazes slightly different hues and tones.
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