An exceptional Late Victorian natural saltwater pearl and diamond brooch. The natural pearl is an off round shape with a creamy colour and high cluster and skin. It is surrounded by 28 old mine cut diamonds and completed by an Old European cut diamond stem.
Natural saltwater pearls are extremely hard to come across and antique natural pearl pieces are even rarer. Natural pearls are naturally formed from a marine mollusk with no human intervention (like the more commonly seen cultured pearl today). A true natural rarity, with only 1 in every 10,000 oysters being able to produce a natural pearl in the wild of jewellery quality. The exact cause that results in the formation of a natural pearl is still not fully understood but we do know that it produces a result with a unique combination of size, shape and colour.
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Circa: Late Victorian
Gemstone: Natural Saltwater Pearl & Diamonds
Cut: Old Mine Cut & Old European Cut Diamonds
Weight & Colour: Natural Pearl: Off Round Shape, Creamy Colour with High Luster and Skin.
Pearl Dimensions: 6.50 x 5.90 mm accompanied by Netherlands Gemmological Laboratory Report confirming Natural Saltwater Pearl.
1 Old European Cut Diamond = 0.45ct, I-J/P1
28 Old Mine Cut Diamonds = 1.68ct H-J/VS-SI
Material: 15ct Yellow Gold, 18ct Yellow Gold & Silver
Gem Studies Laboratory Valuation
The 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.