The crescent design in jewellery was very popular during the mid-Victorian period of the 1870's when this brooch was made, and this one set with both rubies and diamonds is certainly an exceptional example of one.
Hand made in 15 carat gold and silver, the reason why silver was used is that white gold was not yet invented and platinum, although already discovered, was not used in jewellery until around the same time as white gold in the early 1900's.
Not only is this brooch set with twenty one natural rubies, but the way they graduate so elegantly as do the very rare Mazarin cut diamonds, go to show how much thought and attention to detail went into making this brooch over 150 years ago.
The rubies come together to total a very impressive 6.02 carats and making it even more amazing is how well they are all matched in colour. The diamonds add the right amount of sparkle to the brooch and total 0.43 carats, and near or far, there is little doubt that this brooch will always be admired and appreciated for its elegance and beauty.
Measuring 30mm across by 31.7mm, this antique brooch is destined to become a much loved and treasured family heirloom.
Antique ruby and diamond crescent brooch
This antique crescent brooch is set with natural rubies and rose cut diamonds.
This antique ruby and diamond crescent brooch dates from the Victorian era and was made in the 1870's. It is set with natural Burmese rubies and antique rose cut diamonds. This brooch would be perfect for any occasion including making a wonderful ruby anniversary gift.
What is a rose cut diamond?
Like the name implies, the rose cut diamond resembles a rose bud, comprising of a flat base with a number of triangular facets arranged in rows above each other, meeting at a sharp point in the centre.
First manufactured in India at the end of the 15th Century, this cut was perfected at the diamond cutting workshops in Antwerp and Amsterdam, and was very popular during most of the 16th and 17thcenturies.
Because the base of the diamond was flat, stones were often foiled back to improve the brilliance of the stone. This was achieved by applying foils or tints to the base of the stone.
For a number of years, diamond cutters experimented with variations of the rose cut, resulting in some truly amazing cuts, such as the Dutch rose, half-Dutch and the boat- shaped rose.
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