A Victorian pink topaz, enamel and diamond brooch, mid-19th century
Sotheby’s auction The Jewellery Collection of the Late Michael Wellby: An Eclectic Eye – Jewels Spanning Four Centuries / 11 DECEMBER 2012 | 10:30 AM GMT LONDON
Lot 102 Topaz, enamel and diamond brooch, Mid 19th Century, Estimate 2,000 — 3,000 GBP, LOT SOLD. 7,500 GBP (Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium)
A topaz, enamel and diamond brooch, Mid 19th century, set with cushion- and pear-shaped pink topaz within borders of vine design, highlighted with white enamel and rose diamonds. The pendant drop is detachable.
If I were to tell you that the very long period of Victoria’s reign was divided ino three style periods for jewelry, I wonder if you’d guess where this beautiful brooch would fall? I’m sure you’d know immediately after hearing or reading that description above, that it is a product of the Romantic Period – the first one, where hearts and flowers reigned, as Victoria and Albert established their relationship, and acrostic rings were all the rage. Acrostic rings? More on those another day.
Meanwhile, here is the beautiful brooch…
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