A Late Victorian Diamond And Pearl Brooch
A late Victorian diamond and pearl brooch, in the form of an old-cut diamond encrusted swan with ruby cabochon eye, sitting amongst a meandering old-cut diamond and pearl foliate spray, all silver set to a yellow gold mount and knife edge bar brooch with pearl terminals, measuring approximately 5cm, circa 1890, measuring 5.3 x 1.8 cm, gross weight 3 grams.
A wonderful and delicate Victorian brooch. This brooch is in the shape of an elegant swan, whose body is set throughout with glittering old-cut diamonds. The eye of the ruby is a cabochon ruby. Jewellery in the shape of animals became popular in the Victorian era, and the swan in particular had romantic connotations due to the swan’s habit of forming monogamous, long lasting relationships. The swan rests on a gold bar surrounded by a detailed diamond-set spray of foliate motifs, and four pearls with beautiful nacre are set amongst the foliage. A beautiful piece.
Should you choose to make this purchase we would be delighted to send it to you in a Bentley & Skinner handmade leather case packed in a giftwrapped Bentley & Skinner black and gold presentation box. Shortly afterwards we will send you on a complimentary valuation of this item for insurance purposes for your reference and safekeeping.