Antique Victorian French Brooch Pin. 18k yellow gold topped with silver, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires and pearls. Made in France.
3 7/8 inch (10cm) long. Weighs 28.5grams.
Approx 2 carats of diamonds;
Approximately 3 carats of rubies sapphires and emeralds. 5 pearls 3-4mm.
Outstanding brooch in the form of a spray of lilies of the valley. Like most Victorian / early Edwardian jewellery, the mount is gold topped with silver, which was
seen to set off the gems to better effect. Beautifully cut old miner, shaped gemstones in the 3 primary colours, with pearls and an additional old mine cut diamond
for balance and extra interest. The gems form the centers of the flowers with the mounts completing the image. A number of the gems are set so that they can move and
quiver - in en tremblant action. The rose cut diamonds that form the leafy background to the spray of flowers is exceptionally well set for stones of this kind. The
quality of both gemstones and workmanship is particularly lovely.
French hallmarks. (See 'photos).
Very good condition. No sign of any kind of damage/restoration.
Note: there is a Faberge flower jewel in the Metropolitan Museum in New York with workmanship exactly like this. If it were not for the French hallmarks, one would believe they were made by the same hand. It is considered by the Metropolitan Museum to be the most important work by Faberge in America. Independent appraisal available to new owner upon request.
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