Stone Cuts: Old European Cut. Item Measurements: The brooch measures 0.85" in length and 36" wide. Pin/Brooch Style: Brooch, Lapel Pin, Hat Pin, Scarf Pin, Tie Pin. Closure Type: Pin Stem with Open "C" Clasp.Convertible to Pendant: If desired, your local jeweler can add a bale to this piece, so it can be worn as a pendant. This brooch was handmade during the Victorian era in Sri Lanka. Originally this piece was a hairpin, known as a kondakoora, the style of which was very fashionable in Sri Lanka during this time period. Later in its life, the piece was converted into a pin brooch as hairpins became less fashionable in the region. 925 sterling silver with a yellow gold wash.
There are thirteen pink sapphires on the face of this brooch. The foliate themed design of this brooch would have been very fashionable during this time period. The brooch can be worn on a variety of accessories, including hats, scarves, and lapels, among many others. Tarnish on the sterling silver with a gold wash gives this piece an antique quality which we believe is quite lovely.
There is are three sapphires missing from the face of the brooch; however, this is not immediately noticeable and, if desired, your local jeweler can easily replace the stones. The pin stem is slightly loose and will need to be tightened in order for the piece to be worn securely, which your local jeweler can easily do. The price has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only.
The Victorian era took place from the year 1836 to the year 1901, which was the span of Queen Victorias reign. Queen Victorias style was undoubtedly influential on the fashions of her country and ultimately led to three distinct jewelry trends emerging from the era. The first of these three styles was the Romantic period. The Romantic period was impacted by the Georgian period, which preceded it. The second period was the Grand period, which was primarily defined by mourning jewelry and the trends surrounding it.
The final period was the Aesthetic period. The Aesthetic period was more lighthearted and airy than the previous periods and focused on aesthetic beauty and joy. This era features floral, natural, and feminine motifs, and utilized chased gold designs, enamel, and seed pearls. Sapphires are one of the four precious gemstones and have been prized for their rarity and beauty for centuries. Sapphires are one of the two varieties of corundum, the other being ruby.
Sapphires are usually a deep blue in color but can also occur in other fancy colors of white, yellow, grey, green, and orange hues. The only color a sapphire cannot be is red. The Ancient Persians believed that the sky was painted blue by the reflection of the sun on sapphire stones, and many rulers and religions have used this stone to denote status and sanctity. The item "Antique Vintage Victorian Sterling Silver Gold Kondakoora Sapphire Pin Brooch" is in sale since Sunday, April 28, 2019.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Pins, Brooches". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.