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Let this Victorian brooch be the moon that illuminates the path during your journey in a one thousand and one Arabian nights fairy tale. The passionate fire of the 51 old European cut diamonds couldn't be brighter within their silver crowns and grains harmonized by the cognac-coloured diamonds smouldering like cinders through the 18K red gold azure-cut mounting.
Antique jewelry object group: brooch
Condition: excellent condition
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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.
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Period: ca. 1880
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Source of inspiration: Mother Nature
Theme: Crescent - In art and symbolism, a crescent is generally the shape produced when a circular disk has a segment of another circle removed from its edge, so that what remains is a shape enclosed by two circular arcs of different diameters which intersect at two points (usually in such a manner that the enclosed shape does not include the center of the original circle).
The crescent is one of the oldest symbols known to humanity. Together with the sun, it appeared on Akkadian seals as early as 2300 BC. The crescent was well known in the Middle East and was transplanted by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC as far as Carthage (now in Tunisia). The crestent and star also appears on pre-Islamic coins of South Arabia.
In the 12th century the crescent and star was adopted by the Turks and since then the crescent, often accompanied by a Star and mentioned in the 53rd surah (chapter) of the Qur'an, has been a symbol of Islam since. It is, in fact, a historical symbol of the Turks, associated especially with the Ottoman Empire, but also pre-Islamic Turkic nations such as the Göktürks used the crescent and star figure on their coins.
The crescent moon is also a symbol associated with the Hindu's iconography: with the deity Shiva, who wears it at the top of his matted hair.
The crescent is also used as a heraldic symbol. However, this usage is not affiliated in any way with Islam. The roots of the Slavic crescent can be traced to the old Slavic pagan beliefs. In English and Canadian heraldry a crescent is the cadence mark of a second son.
The crescent symbol is also used to represent the moon in astronomy and astrology, and to represent silver (the metal associated with the moon) in alchemy, where, by inference, it can also be used to represent qualities that silver possesses. (Alchemy and Symbols, By M. E. Glidewell, Epsilon.)
Material: 18k red gold and silver, see also: The silver on gold technique
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Extra information: Natural Fancy Colored Diamonds - A chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond is perfectly transparent with no hue, or color. However, in reality almost no gem-sized natural diamonds are absolutely perfect. The color of a diamond may be affected by chemical impurities and/or structural defects in the crystal lattice. Depending on the hue and intensity of a diamond's coloration, a diamond's color can either detract from or enhance its value. For example, most white diamonds are discounted in price when more yellow hue is detectable, while intense pink or blue diamonds (such as the Hope Diamond) can be dramatically more valuable.
Diamonds occur in a variety of colors — steel gray, white, blue, yellow, orange, red, green, pink to purple, brown, and black, virtually in every color of the rainbow.
The colored diamond grading system refers to the color grading system used by internationally recognized laboratories (GIA and IGI for example) for colors that are not in the normal color range of diamonds. These laboratories use a list of 27 color hues that span the full spectrum of colors. The tone and saturation of these hues are then described with one of nine descriptors: Faint, Very Light, Light, Fancy Light, Fancy, Fancy Dark, Fancy Intense, Fancy Deep and Fancy Vivid. The grading has an additional aspect that describes how well is the color applicable on the diamond. (from: Wikipedia)
Diamonds: Five Natural Fancy Color old European cut diamonds with a total estimated weight of approx. 0.87 crt. (approximate colors and clarity: natural fancy orangy brown, vs/si/i). and 51 old European cut diamonds with a total estimated weight of approx. 2.37 crt. (approximate color and clarity: H, vs/si)
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.
Total diamond weight: approx. 3.24 crt.
Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April.
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Hallmarks: Illegible remains.
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Dimensions: diameter approximately 2,94 cm (1,16 inch)
Weight: 6,70 gram (4,31 dwt)
Reference Nº: 15299-0112
Copyright photography: Adin, fine antique jewelry
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