In 1861, Prince Albert of the United Kingdom passed away, and the American Civil War started. Both incidents brought an abrupt halt to the whimsical romance of the Early Victorian Period. So began the Grand Period (1861 - 1885) of the Victorian Era. Heavy, massive jewelry reflected the opulence of the time, as industry boomed and created millionaires overnight. Fashions became more extreme, with skirts billowing to accentuate the corseted waists in vogue, and jewelry also became larger and more elaborate to keep up with the clothing styles . The most popular motif of the era was the star, and gems were often set in the Gypsy technique, by embedding the jewel so it was nearly flush with the surface of the piece.
In true Grand Period form, this elaborately crafted brooch has a weighty feel, with deep blue enameling in near perfect condition. The star motif in the center has a Gypsy set seed pearl for its heart. The expertly crafted ornate setting, made of 14 karat gold, provides a impressive frame to the decorative artwork. It is a true treasure of the Victorian sensibility, and in today's trend, not just for the ladies, but valued by notable men as well! Perfect for all manner of folks "in the know" and on the cutting edge of fashion to embellish a plain coat or jacket. We duly encourage everyone to "bring back the brooch!"
Dimensions: 65mm x 41mm
Weight: 15.7 grams
Materials: Gold, Blue Enamel, Seed Pearl
Metal: 14K gold
Condition: Very good antique condition; some minor scratches on surface of enamel.