19th Century Natural Ruby, Sapphire and Diamond Brooch
What a beautiful piece of jewelry this is! Made in the Victorian era, circa 1870-1880, it was constructed using 18k gold with a dense layer of silver on top. Knowing it was crafted completely by hand makes the fine quality of it’s fluid lines that curve and narrow that much more impressive. Each of the 20 rose cut diamonds, 11 natural rubies and 10 genuine sapphires were also set meticulously by hand. The warm patina is wonderful, serving nicely as a dark backdrop which allows the saturated shades of pink and blue to stand out brightly. I’d love to prove my theory that this piece coincides with the first American Centennial of 1876...certainly by the style and construction it can be dated to that time period and the symbolic nature of the red, white and blue color scheme adds to the likelihood. But I’ll leave it as simply a interesting possibility! The dimensions are approximately 1-3/4” long by 1-1/8” at the widest point and the pin mechanism on the back measures 1-1/8” long from the hinge to the ornate “C” catch. The pin holds very securely in the catch, with no wiggling or worry whatsoever. It’s a remarkable piece of craftsmanship and an absolute treasure. An incredible addition to any Victorian-era collection but also quite wearable!