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  • Place of origin:

    Europe (west, made)

  • Date:

    1820-1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold filigree, set with a large citrine and small emeralds and rubies

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by May Morris

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 29, shelf D, box 3

This citrine brooch originally belonged to Jane Morris. Jane Morris, known as Janey, was the wife of the artist, designer and socialist William Morris. She was often painted by the artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Some of her jewels, including items given to her by Rossetti, were bequeathed to the V&A by her daughter May in 1938.

Physical description

Oblong with rounded corners. The twelve small rubies and emeralds are set in the filigree decoration surrounding the central citrine.

Place of Origin

Europe (west, made)


1820-1830 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gold filigree, set with a large citrine and small emeralds and rubies


Height: 1.625 in, Width: 1.5 in, Depth: 1.2 cm

Object history note

Previously owned by May Morris.

Descriptive line

Gold filigree brooch set with a large citrine and small emeralds and rubies. West European, 1820-30. Formerly the property of Janey Morris.

Production Note

West European


Gold; Citrine; Emerald; Ruby




Jewellery; Metalwork; Accessories


Metalwork Collection

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