First green

Antique brooch with pearls & demantoids in 15 ct gold, Edwardian circa 1910

This piece of jewellery from Great Britain enchants with its unusual trimming. The brooch combines shimmering creamy white natural pearls with intensely green sparkling demantoids in warm, shiny gold. Green and white, the colours of the first flowers in spring, snowdrops or white daffodils, shine at us here as a springtime greeting after the long dark season. Demantoids are a special form of garnet, which may be surprising at first. Well-known are the deep red pyrope garnets from Bohemia as well as the almandine, which is a convincing red with a fine admixture of blue. But also the demantoid with its intensive green is a garnet. It was first found in the Russian Ural Mountains in 1855 and was initially known as "Ural emerald". Carl Fabergé, for example, used it in numerous works for the Russian court, and it also enjoyed great popularity in Great Britain around the turn of the century. A beautiful example of this is this English brooch, which is in the form of a safety pin and presents a flower in a central position, set with pearls. In the tips of each petal sits a small green demantoid. Made in the years around 1910 from 15-karat gold, the piece of jewelry is beautifully preserved and found its way to us in London.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.