Victorian Diamond Starburst Pendant Brooch
Victorian Diamond Starburst Pendant Brooch Victorian Diamond Starburst Pendant Brooch Victorian Diamond Starburst Pendant Brooch

  • Specifications
  • Description
  • History
  • Circa: Victorian
    Gemstones: Diamonds and Natural Pearls
    Cut: Old Cut
    Weight & Colour: 6 Diamonds = 0.60ct 
    Material: 9ct Yellow Gold & SIlver
    Handmade setting
    Circa 1890

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  • The light heartedness of the Romantic era saw a comeback in the late 1890s where jewellery went from the larger, heavy mourning pieces to being finer and more small scale. The starburst pendant was a popular symbolic theme as the Victorians looked towards the sky for guidance and direction. Its versatility of being worn as both a pendant or brooch adds to its charm and was a feature regularly used in the period. Featuring 6 old cut diamonds and 6 natural pearls it is a fine example of a late Victorian novelty pendant brooch.

  • Victorian Period (1837 - 1901):

    The Victorian Period defined by none other than Queen Victoria herself, had three stages - the Romantic, the Grand and the Aesthetic.

    It was during the Romantic era that Queen Victoria married her Prince, Albert. Sentimental motifs such as; hearts, lover’s knots, flowers, bows, crescent moons and particularly serpents (which was subject to Queen Victoria’s engagement ring which represented enduring love) became extremely popular in jewellery design. Cameos, Enamelling and the use of bright coloured gemstones such as; garnets, amethysts, turquoise, pearls and diamonds gave way to the creation of jewellery that was beginning to speak a symbolic language of its own.

    The Grand era was a sombre period which saw Queen Victoria mourning the death of her beloved husband Albert. It encompassed 20 years during which time Victoria would only wear black and mourning jewellery. As a result the Whitby Jet industry flourished and onyx and deeper coloured garnets rose in popularity. Rings, lockets and brooches were commissioned with compartments for a lock of a loved one’s hair and were often engraved with the person’s name, age and date of death.

    The Aesthetic era saw a return to the light-heartedness of the Romantic Era. The discoveries being made through archaeology led to an Etruscan Revival with Greek, Roman and Renaissance influences becoming apparent in jewellery design as well as symbols of good luck and fortune.