A ravishing and remarkable late-18th~early-19th century flower brooch masterfully crafted ‘en tremblant’: “En tremblant” is a French term – meaning “to tremble”. It was first used to describe 18th and 19th century jewelry where parts of the diamond set pieces were attached to a trembler to create movement in the jewel when worn. Brooches in particular were fitted this way which was particularly effective in reflecting the fire of candlelight. (Courtesy of AJU – Antique Jewelry University). This magnificent example is intricately crafted in silver over 18 karat gold and glistens all over with an array closely set old mine-cut and rose-cut diamonds totaling 5.50 carats. The brooch is comfortably nestled in a leather box from the venerable London purveyor of rare jewels – S.J. Phillips. 3 inches by 1 3/4 inches.
by Mary Borchert | Aug 8, 2017