Two Victorian Circular Brooches Glowing And Glittering With Pearls And Diamonds…
At Sotheby’s auction THE JEWELLERY COLLECTION OF THE LATE MICHAEL WELLBY: AN ECLECTIC EYE – JEWELS SPANNING FOUR CENTURIES | LONDON
Natural pearl and diamond brooch/ pendant, c.1900
Estimate £4,000 — £6,000 GBP Lot 96 Sold for £13,750 GBP (Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium)
This glittery brooch can also be a pendant. It’s a circular form, a ‘target’ design, with a natural pearl at the centre and a cluster of diamonds around it. Circular-cut, single-cut and rose-cut diamonds continue in larger circles until the outer ring is reached, and there we find four larger diamonds at the compass points. It’s good to see diamonds set in gold – although this makes them more ivory than icy white, the shining warmth is a relief and far more pleasant at this stage of the jewel’s life, than the usual patina of blackened silver as a background for cut diamonds.
Jewelry information and images on this page courtesy of Sotheby’s
One more circular brooch to enjoy – on the next page…