Antique Edwardian Gemstone Butterfly Brooch With Box
A colourful antique Edwardian butterfly brooch decorated with a glittering rainbow of gemstones. A natural cabochon opal sits at the head of the butterfly along with green peridot eyes. Brilliant cut diamonds are encrusted across the abdomen and the wings are dotted with further diamonds (approx. 1.2ct total), cabochon emeralds, pearls, moonstones, garnets, opals and blue topaz (approx. 3.1ct total).
Butterfly and Insect jewellery grew in popularity at the turn of the 20th Century due to a renewed love of the natural world following the vast urbanisation of the country and were often decorated with colourful gemstones to enhance their beauty and value.
The piece is fashioned in silver and 18ct gold with wonderful open-work wings and curled antenna. It’s very pretty and is accompanied by an antique box with blue velvet interior which is not original but a great place for it to live.
We recommend you insure for £3,000. We can provide a written Valuation on completion of the sale.
WEIGHT: 8.7 grams
MEASURES: Height 30mm x Width 40mm x Depth 5mm
METAL: Silver/ 18ct Gold (Tested)
STONES: Diamonds (approx. 1.2ct total), Opal (Centre approx. 0.30ct), Emeralds, Moonstones, Garnets, Pearls, Blue Topaz (approx. 3.1ct gemstone total)
CLARITY: SI 1 – H colour diamonds
AGE: Edwardian. (Circa 1901 – 1915)
MARKS: Maker’s mark
ITEM NUMBER: AJ696
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