This exquisite and rare 19th-century French jewel is an antique brooch produced in the 1860s and includes its own custom fitted box. The Victorian era brooch is crafted of sterling silver on top and backed with 18kt yellow gold. This technique was often used jewelry that was encrusted with diamonds as jewelers believed that silver brought out the true beauty of diamonds. Silver jewelry also left black stains on clothing so they backed it with gold. Another technique used in the pin is a 'tremblant' or 'trembleuse' which is French for 'trembling'. The diamond-encrusted roses all 'tremble' which means they have a stiff top and when moved, they shake or tremble using a stem and spring. It's a hypnotic and extremely attractive effect that gives the piece animation and life. There are 9 larger old mine cut diamonds and 373 rose cut natural diamonds encrusted on virtually the entire surface of the piece. They weigh about 21.00 carats together. The brooch can be separated into two pieces which is pictured. It weighs 75.1 grams and measures 5" in length and 2 3/4" at its widest point. It is in Excellent condition showing normal signs of wear consistent with its age.
Material info: Solid 18kt (750) Yellow Gold & Sterling Silver (925)
Total Gram Weight of Brooch: 75.1 Grams
Center Diamonds' Information: 9 Old Mine Cut Multi-Prong Set Natural Diamond's
Color: G - H
Cut: Old Mine Cut
Clarity: SI1 - SI2 - I1
Carat Weight: Approximately 4.00ctw
Accent Diamond Information: 373 Rose Cut Bead Set Natural Diamond's
Color: G - H
Cut: Rose Cut
Clarity: SI1 - SI2
Carat Weight: Approximately 17.00ctw
Carat Total Weight: Approximately 21.00ctw
Markings on Box: A.B.
Markings on Inside Box: ROUVENAT & F DESPRES JOAILLERIE 62 Rue d'Hauteville PARIS
Markings on Brooch: no visible markings
Brooch Length: 5"
Brooch Width at Widest Point: 2 3/4"
Box LxWxD: 6 5/8" x 4 3/4" x 2 1/2"
Estimated Retail Value: $35,000.00
Stock #: CB2-049