Victorian demi-parure with almandine garnet & chrysoberyl, circa 1855
The demi-parure, a set of brooch and earrings, was often the most prestigious daytime jewelry owned by a middle-class woman in the Victorian era. The elements of such a set were designed to match each other, but usually not identically. The present brooch consists of intertwined knots of gold, to which is applied a braid of finely wrought gold leaves. Cherry-red almandine and green-yellow chrysoberyl are set here like ripe fruit. The earrings are each worked as a golden oval. An arrangement of branches and leaves supports a drop-shaped almandine here, flanked by golden garlands. The naturalistic elements are typical for jewellery of the 1850s. The fine set was made in Britain, as its design and choice of materials suggest. The combination of cherry red almandine garnet and yellowish green chrysoberyl is typically Victorian. In addition to the striking color contrast of the two stones, their common locality also led to the popularity of this combination, as both stones were recovered from the rich mines of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), which had been a British crown colony since 1803. The set is very nicely preserved. It is lightly crafted and thus comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
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