A Brooch of an Era
Throughout the 19th century, naturalism flourished in jewellery design. Inspired by the romantic movements of the time, floral motifs were one of the most popular themes for various forms of jewellery adornment, which included hair ornaments, tiaras, earrings, pendants and brooches. During this time, Europe was introduced to new exotic botanical species. This inevitably sparked a vivid interest in these rare, beautiful blooms and various expressions through floral symbolism became popular. Gradually, interpretations of morning glory, fuschias and triumphs of roses were meticulously transformed into glorious, bejewelled blossoms, often conveying strong sentiments of love, affection, friendship and fidelity.
Lot 1681 is a fine example of a classic flower brooch of the period, set with opulent Colombian emeralds of exceptional colour, ornately decorated with old European and old mine-cut diamonds. Gemstones of the era were commonly set with foil-backs to enhance the colour and sparkle. On occasion, a jeweller will chance upon remarkable gems, confident that their natural beauty would be strong enough to hold its own. Lot 1681 is one such example where the emeralds were kept open-backed due to its inherent beauty. Kept in its original form, it is extremely rare to find a piece preserved for over a century in such good condition, an exquisite addition to any connoisseur’s collection.
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