This exceptional Victorian Aesthetic Movement garnet and gold brooch was created in the 1870’s. Of the finest quality, boasting five sugarloaf garnets that have been foiled meticulously and set to envelop a pearl center star. This gorgeous brooch boasts hand etched detailing around the outside edge and a gold-stitched feature to create the illusion of fabric being held together by a hearty gold thread. One of the hallmarks of Aesthetic Movement jewelry has always been the mixture of mediums and textural elements, beautifully exemplified here by the trompe l'oeil effect. It is notable that an element of Archaeological Revival is present; the brooch resembles Greco-Roman fibula in execution and function, while recalling Celtic fashion in its rustic rendering. A rare collector’s piece worthy of the finest curation.
Materials and Features:
14ct gold, garnet, pearl
Weight: 21.94 grams
Dimensions: 40mm x 40mm (not including drop chain)
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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14ct Victorian Garnet and Pearl Star Brooch