Victorian and Contemporary – Old and New
Today a compare and contrast with a group of Victorian and contemporary pieces. Each of those periods operating under such different aesthetic values, but we love Victorian jewelry anyway. I wonder if the Victorians would love the sort of jewelry modern designers come up with?
The first pieces we’ll check out are brooches. A Victorian emerald and diamond brooch – exquisitely detailed diamond-set openwork – and a Chinese freshwater baroque pearl, wrapped around with a gem-studded cape. No airy openwork with this Naomi Sarna brooch – it’s a solid package.
1. A Victorian Emerald and Diamond Brooch
From Lang Antique and Estate Jewelry
A radiant and regal antique brooch, finely hand crafted in darkened silver over 18 karat yellow gold, displaying two exquisite emeralds: a 5.18 carat emerald-cut in the center and a 1.65 carat pear shape drop dangling below. Both gemstones exhibit a vibrant bluish-green hue, and are embellished by 7.50 carats of glittering, bright-white, old mine-cut diamonds set in a scrolling foliate motif. Stunning and outstanding! 2 and 1/4 inches. #50-1-2082 (Text and image credit: Lang Antique and Estate Jewelry)
2. Naomi Sarna’s Freshwater Pearl Sapphire Diamond Gold First Wave Brooch
A stunning baroque pearl wrapped gracefully in a gem-studded cloak. As different as it could be from the formal design of the Victorian brooch above.
This hand-crafted brooch features a unique Chinese freshwater pearl set in 18K yellow gold, accentuated with an assortment of approximately 66 multicolored diamonds and sapphires. Internationally award winning designer Naomi Sarna creates gem carvings and jewels of unusual beauty. She is represented in the Smithsonian’s Permanent Collection of American Gems and private collections. (Text and image credit: 1stdibs)
Another Victorian and contemporary pairing overleaf… on the Next Page