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This enchanting French Victorian brooch, crafted from silver with an 18K red gold backing, is a true representation of nature's transient beauty. The piece, shaped like a chestnut leaf and adorned with 140 rose-cut diamonds, captures the essence of autumn leaves dancing in the wind. The intricate detailing of the diamonds gives the leaf a lifelike, shimmering appearance, as if it were freshly fallen. A red gold pin, topped with a pearl, delicately secures the brooch, adding to its elegance. Dating back to 1870, this brooch is not just a piece of jewellery; it's a poetic homage to nature, reflecting the grandeur and intricacy of the Victorian era.
Antique jewelry object group: brooch
Condition: excellent condition
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Country of origin: France
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.
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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
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Source of inspiration: Mother Nature (see also: flower symbolism)
Theme: chestnut leaf
Material: Silver on top and backed with 18K red gold (see explanation on silver on gold).
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Diamonds: 140 rose cut diamonds. We do not have the weight of the diamonds which is normal in our trade when it comes to rose cuts.
Note: All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.
Precious stones: Two pearls
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Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April and pearl for June.
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Hallmarks: The French control mark for 18K gold representing an eagle's head that was in use in France from about 1838.
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Dimensions: length 6,90 cm (2,72 inch), width 3,40 cm (1,34 inch)
Weight: 12,30 gram (7,91 dwt)
Reference Nº: 13361-0011
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