A Brooch To Commemorate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee
In 1887, Britain celebrated 50 years of Queen Victoria’s reign. Understandably, there were all sorts of souvenirs produced, including jewelry such as the Jubilee brooch featured in this article.
The brooch is an enamelled open-work plaque of 18K gold, set with tourmaline and seed pearls. The largest pink tourmaline is set within a frame of seed pearls, which is held within a quatrefoil frame of green guilloche enamel – transparent enamel, through which the engraved patterns in the metal support are clearly visible. These can be either hand or machine-engraved and in this case, as they seem not to be entirely uniform, might be hand engraved.
The white enamel is opaque and thickly applied, and has small white dots a la Carlo Giuliano – a master of the dot in enamel! All the jewels are bezel set with milgrain edges… the milgrain is quite a feature in this piece, several images of which can be seen below.
Thanks to ”Renaissance” for images and information.