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Antique jewelry object group: brooch
Condition: very good condition
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Country of origin: France
Style: Late-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: late-Victorian or more info on styles
Style specifics: The Late or Aesthetic 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 Late or Aesthetic Victorian Period.
Jewelry of this period is changing back from heavy to more smaller, romantic pieces with often whimsical motifs. Jewelers using diamonds and bright gemstones in elaborated and fine feminine pieces.
Period: ca. 1880
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Source of inspiration: Mother Nature
Theme: chestnut leaf and little open chestnut
Material: 18k pink gold and silver, see also: The silver on gold technique (touchstone tested)
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Extra information: Chestnuts - 'A spiky husk, with spines that don't bother him', for this reason the chestnut became a symbol of chastity. They are also the symbol for providence (poor people from different regions collected chestnuts as winter fare) and as a symbol for self-defense and roughness. And in the floral language the chestnut means "give credit where credit is due".
Diamond(s): One old European cut diamond with an estimated weight of ± 0.22ct. (colour and clarity: H/J, vs/si).
102 rose cut diamonds. We do not have the weight of the diamonds which is normal in our trade when it comes to rose cuts.
- All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since stones are not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting. Also we have all diamonds screened by the IJGC - lab (www.ijgc-worldwide.com) for whether they are natural or synthetic, and all diamonds in this jewel are 100% guaranteed to be natural!
Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April.
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Hallmarks: The French control mark representing the head of Mercury that was in use in France from about 1879. And a hare head in use in France since 1888
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Dimensions: 2,85 cm (1,12 inch) x 3,95 cm (1,56 inch) - See picture with a ruler in cm and inches
Weight: 9,30 gram (5,98 dwt)
Reference Nº: 19252-0186
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