Antique Austro-Hungarian Red Spinel And Diamond Brooch
ABOUT THIS BROOCH
A marvelous masquerader, spinel has often been mistaken--even in crown jewels--for a ruby. The 1.25 carat deep rose-pink cushion-shaped stone that glistens in this alluring openwork Victorian brooch, by way of the long vanished Austro-Hungarian empire (Vienna, Budapest, Prague, etc.), centers a trio of beautifully curved leaves that sparkle with bright old mine cut diamonds. This lovely leafage is encircled by a stem set with glittering graduated old mine cuts, all adding a dash of light and color to your ensemble. There's no mistaking that it is utterly delightful (and rare). Total diamond weight, 2.00 carats. Hand fabricated in silver over 14K gold. Austro-Hungarian, circa 1872-1922.