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Wonderful brooch made of natural seed pearls & large citrine, Great Britain circa 1850

Jewellery made of "Seed Pearls" or "Minute Pearls" was a big fashion in Great Britain in the middle of the 19th century. It consists of countless small and tiny natural pearls, which are called "seed pearls" in English because of their size, pearls as big as seeds. Such pieces were often worn at weddings, the white of the pearls symbolically matching the occasion as a sign of innocence and purity. Afterwards they were passed on to the next generation. The natural pearls were mainly sourced from Madras in the British Crown Colony of India. Since about 1840, pearl deliveries from here to the English motherland are documented. This brooch has an oval shape. A large citrine of wonderfully intense color and about 30 carats in weight forms the center and the faceted showpiece. Tiny pearls surround the large gemstone like a hem of fine bobbin lace. The small pearls are threaded with white horsehair on a mother-of-pearl disc and attached almost invisibly at the front. This creates a very vivid, rich three-dimensional appearance. A brooch made of gold makes the pearl work of art wearable as a brooch. The fine jewellery of the years around 1850 is beautifully preserved. You can find comparable pieces in the Victoria & Albert Musem in London, as well as in the literature, where the technique and special fashion of seed pearls is described, e.g. in David Bennett/Daniela Mascetti: Understanding Jewellery, London 2010, p. 108, as well as Ginny Reddington Dawes / Olivia Collings: Georgian Jewellery 1714-1830, Woodbridge 2007, p. 48.

Natural pearls are and have always been a small miracle. Created by the mollusk without any human intervention, they are precious objects that are obtained by chance as small gifts of nature. At a time when pearl cultivation had not yet been invented, pearls of good quality were even more precious than they are today and were valued at diamonds.

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