This very cool nineteenth century starburst brooch presaged the striking geometry of the Art Deco period waiting a few decades around the bend. Two rows of lozenge shape onyx plaques, each set in milgrain finished bezel settings and interspersed with small golden beads, circumscribe a central round ...(more)
We can only wonder why this may be the very first Victorian brooch we've encountered with three crescents (and a star) when the design is so symmetrically alluring. This nineteenth-century jewel glistens with three-quarters-of-a-carat of bright-white rose-cut diamonds set in darkly oxidized silver ...(more)
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...! This artfully designed and sculpted snowflake (no two are exactly the same!) fell to earth sometime during the mid-1880s. Finely hand crafted in gleaming rosy-yellow gold, this Victorian jewel features an early old mine antique cushion-cut diamond (weighing ...(more)
2.65 carats of dazzling mine-cut, antique cushion-cut and rose-cut diamonds provide the celestial fire in this stunning example of a classic, mid-nineteenth century Victorian starburst jewel. Gracefully hand-fabricated in darkly patinated silver-topped gold, this lovely piece is gently domed, for ad...(more)
Magnificent Victorian artistry is in full flower in this sensational and sizable (2 3/16 by 1 1/8 inches) nineteenth century brooch highlighting an unusual and entrancing boulder opal. Brilliant flashes of color - fiery red, yellow and orange and cool blue and green - burst through the chocolate br...(more)
A deeply charming mid-to-late-nineteenth century brooch depicting an oak leaf and acorn - symbols of strength and stability. Masterfully handcrafted in patinated silver over rose and yellow gold, with mine-cut diamonds set in the leaf and rose-cut diamonds set in the acorn top. The acorn itself is a...(more)
This 'new moon' is almost 150 years old! 2.75 carats of old mine and rose-cut diamonds light up the sky (night and day) in this sparkling and amply proportioned (1 1/2 inch) crescent moon brooch, artfully crafted in warmly patinated silver over gold - circa 1875.
Stellar Victoriana. A sizable, multi-dimensional oval brooch, crafted in rich 18 karat gold, is studded with shimmering pearls and pale, glowing foil-backed emeralds delineated with delicate twisted wire work. The brooch is is beautifully festooned with swags and a slinky chain tassel and is equippe...(more)
From the misty moors of Scotland comes this handsome and splendidly hand-crafted silver, agate and jasper brooch, in the beloved style popularized by the tenants of Balmoral Castle in the latter 19th century. Measures 1 1/2 inches by 1 3/8 inches.
A classical beauty with a noble visage and alabaster skin is masterfully depicted in high-relief in this exemplary Victorian hardstone (agate) cameo brooch - circa 1875. Her striking profile is framed in jet black enamel dotted with natural button pearls (one of which was replaced at a later time) b...(more)
This very colorful Scottish brooch and pendant is crafted gleaming 9K hand engraved textured rose gold and centers on a glistening round faceted golden citrine. The entrancing gemstone is framed by a circle of alternating brick colored and striated gray Montrose faceted agates interrupted by a prope...(more)
Instead of Cupid’s arrow, this pearly Victorian pin is pieced through by a lustrous crescent. A 14K gold sweetheart measuring 1 3/4 inches by 5/8 inch.