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Hardstone brooch components

Hardstone brooch components

  • Place of origin:

    Ahmedabad (made)

  • Date:

    c.1850 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    A variety of agates and jaspers plus one blue unknown but most probably glass.

  • Museum number:

    08271(IS) to 08271A/(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

These (primarily) quartz hardstone segments were fashioned to be incorporated into a brooch or other item of jewellery in a ring form. The cutting and polishing were traditionally performed on an abrasive-charged, bow-driven disc or wheel and were produced in Ahmedabad in Gujarat State, India in the mid- to late 19th century. The city continues to be a major gem cutting and trade centre.

Physical description

Partial suites of hardstone segments, each designed to form a flattened ring, for incorporation into jewellery.

Place of Origin

Ahmedabad (made)

Date

c.1850 (made)

Materials and Techniques

A variety of agates and jaspers plus one blue unknown but most probably glass.

Dimensions

Length: 18 to 22 mm Five-piece part set, 08271(IS), Width: 18 to 20 mm Five-piece part set, 08271(IS), Width: 6 to 7 mm Five-piece part set, 08271(IS), Thickness: 1.4 to 1.7 mm Five-piece part set, 08271(IS), Thickness: 3.5 to 4.0 mm Five-piece part set, 08271(IS), Length: 15.0 to 16.5 mm Seven-piece part set, 08271A/(IS), Width: 17 to 19 mm Seven-piece part set, 08271A/(IS), Width: 5 to 7 mm Seven-piece part set, 08271A/(IS), Thickness: 1.5 to 2.0 mm Seven-piece part set, 08271A/(IS), Thickness: 2.8 to 3.4 mm Seven-piece part set, 08271A/(IS)

Object history note

Formerly in The India Museum in London and transferred to the South Kensington Museum (later renamed The Victoria & Albert Museum) in 1879.

Descriptive line

Hardstone brooch components, two part-sets, one of five pieces and one of seven pieces, each with paper backing disc, Ahmedabad India, c. 1850

Materials

Agate; Bloodstone; Carnelian; Glass; Jasper; Moss agate

Categories

Gemstones; Hardstone; Jewellery; India Museum

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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