Antique French diamond branch brooch with 165 diamonds 1870
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Antique jewelry object group: branch brooch
Condition: very good 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
Theme: flower branch
Material: Silver on top and backed with 18K red gold (see explanation on silver on gold). (touchstone tested)
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Diamond(s):Three old brilliant cut diamondswith an estimated weight of ± 0.60ct. (colour and clarity: F/I, si/i).
28 old brilliant cut diamondswith an estimated weight of ± 1.00ct. (colour and clarity: G/K, si/i).
134 rose cut diamonds and senailles. 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.with an estimated weight of ± ct. (colour and clarity: /, /).
Total diamond count: 165 pcs.
Total diamond weight: (without the 134 rose cuts) approx. 1.60 crt.
- 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 marks representing an eagle's head next to a wild boars head. Both were in use in France from about 1838 This hallmark was used for jewels that were made both in gold and in silver.
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Dimensions: length 10,90 cm (4,29 inch) - See picture with a ruler in cm and inches
Weight: 36,80 gram (23,66 dwt)
Adin Reference Nº: 20035-0001
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