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Antique Victorian brooch horse shoe with 67 diamonds and over 11 crts sapphires

Antique jewelry object group: brooch

Condition: very good condition
  -  (more info on our condition scale)

Country of origin:unknown

Style: Victorian - Victorian decorative arts refers to the style of decorative arts during the Victorian era. The Victorian era is known for its eclectic revival and interpretation of historic styles and the introduction of cross-cultural influences from the middle east and Asia in furniture, fittings, and Interior decoration. Victorian design is widely viewed as having indulged in a regrettable excess of ornament. The Arts and Crafts movement, the aesthetic movement, Anglo-Japanese style, and Art Nouveau style have their beginnings in the late Victorian era.
  -  See also: Victorian or more info on styles

Style specifics: The Grand Victorian Period - Experts divide the reign of Queen Victoria, also called The Victorian era (1837 - 1901) into three periods of about twenty years each; The Romantic Victorian Period (1837 - 1860), The Grand Victorian Period (1860 - 1880), and the Late or Aesthetic Victorian Period (1880 - 1901).

We consider this to be of the Grand Victorian Period.

This second Victorian period is famous for its ostentatious pieces set with pearls and diamonds (from South Africa). From ca. 1850 wealthy English had reported about jewelry from India and Japan, which heavily inspired the jewelers of this period. This period also corresponds with the death of Queen Victoria's husband King Albert making mourning jewelry (set with heavy dark stones) the type of jewelry specific for this period.

Period: ca. 1870
  -  (events & facts of this era, poetry of this era, fashion of this era)

Source of inspiration: Good luck tokens

Theme: Horseshoe - There is no consensus among historians as to when and by who horseshoes were first invented. What seems most plausible is that shoeing was invented by numerous armorers in different places at about the same time, and then kept as a military secret for a very short time - until the practice was apparently widespread. Fact is that to date they are considered to bring good-luck.

Material: 18k pink gold and silver, see also: The silver on gold technique (touchstone tested)
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Extra information: Has an extra safety chain with pin.

Diamond(s): 67 rose cut diamonds and senailles. There are 43 diamonds on the inner rim and 24 on the outer rim of the horse shoe.
A senaille is a simplified rose cut diamond, a small diamond chip with perhaps a few polished facets. We do not have the weight of the rose cuts diamonds nor the senailles which is normal in our trade when it comes to rose cut diamonds and senailles.

Precious stones: 25 sapphires with an estimated weight of 11.25ct.

- All color stone weights are approximate since stones are not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.

Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April and sapphire for September.
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Hallmarks: No trace.
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Dimensions: 4,10 cm (1,61 inch) x 3,50 cm (1,38 inch) - See picture with a ruler in cm and inches

Weight: 11,80 gram (7,59 dwt)

Adin Reference Nº: 19337-0228

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