Cannetille work was inspired by embroidery, reputedly the embroidery found in traditional peasant garments. Some sources mention 18th century Portugal or India as a source, some mention France. The simple filigree tendrils that started to appear in the fashion and jewelry world around 1820 transformed into cannetille during the following decade. One can find cannetille work from almost every European nation during the 1820s and 1830s.
This incredible brooch has intricately crafted cannetille work in 14 karat gold. Leaves, stems, blossoms and vines lushly fill the large oval frame, dotted with dusky purple amethysts, and backed with a mottled blue lapis lazuli stone. It's a gorgeous relic of the Georgian Era, just the piece for a special occasion, and the crowning glory in any antique jewelry lover's collection!
Dimensions: 50mm x 37mm (2" x 1/5")
Weight: 26.5 grams
Materials: Gold, amethyst, lapis lazuli
Metal: 14K yellow gold
Condition: Excellent antique condition; lapis stone is a replacement for broken locket.