Awareness of astronomical and celestial events has been an integral part of the history of humans since the beginning of our time. These heavenly occurrences have been and are cause for celebration and awe and were often interpreted as portents of the future.
Such wonders have been incorporated as themes for Georgian and Victorian jewelry from the 18th through to the 20th century (as well as before and after). Production was often stimulated by actual observances. Sightings of Halley’s Comet in 1836 engendered new demand.
Until the 1940s, these “comet brooches” were almost invariably diminutive in size, ranging from ¾ of an inch to 1 1/2 inches at the largest. How comet brooches were represented could range from foliate forms, cameos, precious jewels or pastes to enamels or those with trailing tails.
This Georgian dainty exudes surprising shimmer and grandeur. In a rose or flower form, it blazes outward with an otherworldly aura when worn on any neck, blouse or jacket
This brooch employs 27 marvelously chunky, faceted old mine and cushion cut diamonds with a total weight of 1.75 carats (SI1-2 clarity). Commensurate with the event itself, the gems are white and extremely fiery and lively with a color range of (I-L).
Slight champagne hues are only visible with magnification. How such a grand amount of radiance could be compressed into such a petite package is a mystery of its own making.
The the center of the flower is 15k yellow gold with silver for the rest of the piece. The reverse is yellow gold over silver. Singularly the finest comet brooch we have ever presented! It has a small "O" fitting that allows this to be worn as a pendant.