Rosy beauty

Splendid antique brooch with rubies and diamonds, around 1890

A fragrant bouquet, a sparkling branch in the dew of glittering blossoms entices our senses. Set all over with diamonds and rubies, this silver and gold brooch presents blossoms and branches of precious flowers. Their oscillating lines form a naturalistic arrangement whose energetic dynamics seem almost animated. The sparkle of the 87 diamonds with a total weight of about 6.30 ct and the 53 rubies lends the brooch additional presence. Diamond jewellery in natural shapes has been part of the history of jewellery since the 18th century. The shapes and details changed over time – the workmanship, for example, became more delicate from generation to generation, parallel to the development of new techniques of goldsmithing and gemstone setting. In the case of this brooch, the cuts of the gemstones reveal its origin in the 19th century, likely in the years around 1890. The rubies and diamonds are set in patinated silver settings, typical of the period, to enhance their sparkle. At a time when white gold and platinum were not yet available, this was the usual procedure, as against a dark background the individual shapes and brilliance of the individual gemstones come out beautifully. The back of the piece, on the other hand, is made of gold to prevent any staining of clothes and skin. The flower branch is a wonderful example of splendid jewellery from the late 19th century. This precious piece of jewellery is still in excellent condition today. We were able to acquire it in Hanover.

Rose-cut diamonds, also called "rose couronée", "crowned roses", can already be found in 16th century jewellery. Numerous famous diamonds such as the Orloff and the Grand Mogul are designed in this rose cut. It is characterized by the fact that the upper side of the diamond is faceted in a star shape and the underside is cut flat. This creates a very specific, soft shimmer that is very different from the sometimes garish glow of today's brilliant-cut diamonds.

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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.