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Gold backed silver Victorian flower brooch and pendant loaded with diamonds

Antique jewelry object group: combined brooch-pendant

Country of origin: Netherlands

Style: Victorian - In 1837 Queen Victoria begins the longest reign in the history of Great Britain. For 64 years, from 1837 till 1901, she symbolizes the growth and triumph of the British Empire as Queen of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India. Proud, passionate about beautiful things, highly educated about all styles of time, she influences the lifestyles through her taste and immense love of jewelry.

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. The Arts and Crafts movement, the aesthetic movement, Anglo-Japanese style, and Art Nouveau style have their beginnings in the late Victorian era. (Last part freely rendered from: Wikipedia)
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. 1850
(events and facts in 1850)

Source of inspiration: Mother Nature (see also: flower symbolism)

Theme: flower

Material: Silver on top and backed with 14K red gold (see explanation on silver on gold).
(more info on precious metals)

Technique: Gold-backed silver or the silver on gold technique. This technique finds its origin centuries ago, when jewelers believed that only a silver mounting could render the true beauty of a diamond. Backing the silver jewel with a (thin) layer of gold was a practical precaution taken to avoid the silver jewelry leaving black stains on clothing or skin. Over the years, with the recognition (and thus use) of platinum as precious metal and the development of white gold the practical necessity to use bi-colored material became obsolete. The argument to use bi-colored metals became more an estetic then a practical one.

Diamonds: One old mine brilliant cut diamond with an estimated weight of approx. 0.35 crt. in the center 20 old mine brilliant cut diamonds with a total estimated weight of approx. 1.00 crt. and 50 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.

Total diamond weight: approx. 1.35 crt. (without the rose cut diamonds)

Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April.
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Hallmarks: A Dutch hallmark representing the letter letter "v" (1906-1953) for foreign made (or old) articles given to be checked by the essay office (used from 1906 till 1953).
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Condition: excellent condition
(more info on our condition scale)

Dimensions: diameter approximately 3.20 cm (1.26 inch)

Weight: 9.70 gram (6.24 dwt)

Reference Nº: 10338-0006

Copyright photography: Adin, fine antique jewelry

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Gold backed silver Victorian flower brooch and pendant loaded with diamonds
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