Early Victorian Paste Brooch, 10k Gold and Silver
This little brooch is a wonderful glimpse, into the past, at the way paste stones were highly revered for their own merits. In the early to late 1800s paste stones were cut and set and worn as if they were as fine a gemstone as diamonds. In this instance, seven of these brilliant stones were faceted in the same manner as Old Mine cut diamonds with a very pronounced crown. The stones were then set deeply into closed silver mountings which rest atop a 10k rose gold brooch. The design is lovely and organic with its central flower, twisting vine and simple leaf. The tube hinge and open C catch further help in dating the piece to the mid to late 1800s with pre-1880 being my safe estimate. There are no hallmarks present but the gold does test strongly as 10 karat. The length of the brooch from hinge to clasp is exactly 1" while the pin itself extends an additional 3/16" beyond the C catch. The condition of this brooch is incredible. The stones remain quite sparkly and show virtually no signs of wear. The pin holds securely in the catch with no wobble whatsoever. This is a very pretty little brooch and an excellent little piece of history. Quite wearable and certainly collectible!