Fresh looking, soft wear is noticeable only on close inspection. Silver setting has a bright patina with minor surface wear, no dents. Natural crystal sparkles with crisp faceting and no chips or surface wear.
Clasp is secure and original. Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special story. A specimen piece, where natural stone was carefully selected to be focal point of jewelry.
Rock crystal was hand faceted to show off its bright clarity and vivid light. Thick, with domed and dimensional cut to crystal, this brooch is finely made with a substantial weight and feel in your hand. Sparkle has been a key element of jewelry design and the way gemstones are cut for centuries - as well as an indication of quality.
For example, the bezel-set brilliant cut was developed to enhance the light-reflecting qualities of gemstones, like diamonds in the light. In addition during the Georgian era, the rose cut diamond became popular as the cut sparkled beautifully in candlelight. Facets, special raised prong and open back settings, and movement all serve to promote play with light and make for stunning pieces. A young Queen Victoria assumed her role in 1837 and her taste in jewelry quickly became culturally influential, within England and beyond.
Her relationship to jewelry was enmeshed with her husband, Prince Albert, who gifted the Queen for their engagement, a snake ring, embedded with an emerald (her birthstone) in its head. Continuing from the Georgian era and intensified by Queen Victoria. Taste, sentimental and figural jewelry was a major trend throughout the Victorian era. When certain ideas and words were deemed too forward or improper to be spoken, jewelry and symbolic meaning was used to communicate what was left unsaid.
_gsrx_vers_1318 GS 8.4 (1318). The item "Antique Victorian Natural Rock Crystal LARGE Domed Sterling Silver Brooch Pin" is in sale since Friday, December 10, 2021. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Brooches & Pins". The seller is "oxfordjewel" and is located in Altadena, California.This item can be shipped to United States, Canada.