Brilliant exterior

Victorian novelty brooch in the shape of a jockey with horse, around 1890

As early as the late 1860s, jewellery fashions began that were so eccentric they still amaze today. The so-called Novelty jewellery, in a variety of figurative forms suddenly adorned the collars, ears and wrists of ladies, and the motifs surpassed each other again and again. Rock crystal balls with fish motifs, for example, were worn as so-called aquarium earrings in the 1860s, in the following decade kitchen utensils in miniature size were worn as earrings, mice were allowed to scamper across narrow bangles in the 1880s. Many of these motifs were short-lived, intended above all to amaze and stimulate conversation. Others, however, lasted longer. The brooch at hand is an example of a motif idea that enjoyed great popularity for decades. The brooch depicts a jockey with a racehorse. First appearing in the late 1860s after the victories of the famous racehorse Gladiateur, jewellery with references to horse racing continued to be worn into the early 20th century. Jewellery catalogs of the time depict similar brooches and pins as late as about 1905. The brooch is a later representative of this fashion and can be dated to the last years of Victorian rule. Set all over with a total of about 0.48 ct diamonds, the little horse sparkles with every movement of its wearer. The jockey, on the other hand, wears a dress of colorful enamel that allows the silver background to shine through a bit, so that it shines especially brightly. A beautiful piece of jewellery that inspires conversation today as it did over 130 years ago.

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