A Victorian diamond lyre brooch, set throughout with old brilliant-cut diamonds estimated to weigh a total of 9 carats, the centre with laurel leaf motif to gold strings, all set in silver to a yellow gold mount, circa 1880, gross weight 7.61 grams
A magnificent late Victorian brooch. This brooch is crafted in the shape of a lyre and captures the late Victorian interest in neoclassical themes. The lyre is an instrument that was frequently played in Ancient Greece, particularly during the recitation of lyric poetry. Lyres appear in many examples of Ancient Greek art, from vases to statues. In the Victorian era, the lyre symbolised poetry, and with it, romantic associations of creativity and art. This lyre is set with dazzling old-cut diamonds that scintillate beautifully, weighing a total of over nine carats. The strings of the instrument are crafted from yellow gold, with a laurel motif, a further neoclassical symbol, set within them. This piece evokes the cultural peak of Ancient Greece and both the music and poetry that would be played by such an instrument. This stunning piece captures the alluring style and delicate craftsmanship of the late Victorian era.
A Victorian diamond lyre brooch, set throughout with old brilliant-cut diamonds estimated to weigh a total of 9 carats, the centre with laurel leaf motif to gold strings, all set in silver to a yellow gold mount, circa 1880, gross ...
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