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Brooch

  • Place of origin:

    Europe (west, made)

  • Date:

    1700-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Chrysoberyls and pink topazes set in silver

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein

  • Museum number:

    M.205-2007

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 12, shelf D, box 5

Improved domestic lighting and the development of the brilliant cut, which sparkles so magically by candlelight, ensured the primacy of faceted gemstones in eighteenth-century jewellery. The delicate yellow chrysoberyls in this piece would have been mined in Brasil.

Physical description

Circular brooch in the form of a stylized eight-petalled flower, of chrysoberyls and pink topazes set in silver

Place of Origin

Europe (west, made)

Date

1700-1800 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Chrysoberyls and pink topazes set in silver

Dimensions

Height: 6.1 cm, Width: 6.1 cm, Depth: 1.7 cm

Descriptive line

Brooch of chrysoberyls and pink topazes set in silver, made in Western Europe, 1700-1800.

Materials

Chrysoberyl; Topaz; Silver

Techniques

Stone cutting; Stone setting

Categories

Metalwork; Jewellery; Accessories

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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