In the 18th and early 19th century, jewelry often employed diamonds. But in many cases they were secondary to the whole. It was not until the discoveries during the decades 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 far more widespread and accessible to those with the means to afford it. Diamonds soon became a prominent feature of many pieces of jewelry.
Such is the case with this silver-topped 9k rose gold brooch. Note the proliferation of diamonds, an array of old mine cuts, old single cuts and rose cuts (for the smallest).
With an estimated total of 2.1 carats, this floral motif brooch is all glitter and shine. Their color range is of I-J or better and their clarity is SI1-SI3 . The flower spray brooch is awash with diamonds resulting in a personality to match the lively naturalistic motif.
The three-dimensional construction, along with the organic rendering along an arched spine, is characteristic of similar brooches of the Victorian period.