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Reference: JBR0196

18kt gold victorian brooch with amethyst. XIX century.
18-carat gold brooch with a thin hanging chain, finished in a gold plated earring to hold decorative elements of light weight or fixed to the fabric, bringing some movement to the jewel. The center of attention is a faceted oval-shaped amethyst, with a fine crimp so as not to divert attention from the frame of the gem. This one is formed by an elaborate and delicate composition: in the centers of the sides they are placed four pieces of rectangular form with the smaller curved ends, decorated with fine vegetal elements and rolls of classicist memory; These elements are interspersed with two concave scrolls flanking a leaf (which also has a fine vegtal decoration in slight relief); This frame is attached to the gem, visually, a series of elements reminiscent of fine ties with a decoration similar to that of those rectangular pieces mentioned.
Historically, the Victorian Era begins in 1837 with the coronation of a young queen Victoria in England, and would end in 1901 with the death of the same one. It was the time of greater development of the Industrial Revolution, something that also influences in the jewelry thanks to important technological advances in practically all the fields (the hydraulic power, the steam engine, the gas, etc., influence in the machinery to employ) , And the extensive political domination of England allowed to take into account "exotic" materials coming from the colonies. Advances in machinery make it possible to slightly lower costs in jewelry, to obtain new sizes in the gems with more facets (thanks to a greater speed in the lathes), novelties in the alloys (reduction of the gold leagues from 1854 in England, Introduction of galvanization ...), etc. As for the designs, these were always marked by the taste of Queen Victoria. Thus, in general, three stages are distinguished: the Early Victorian or Romantic Period (1837-1860), with frequent inspiration in the world of nature; The Victorian Medium or Grand Period (1860-1885), marked by mourning for the death of the Queen's mother and her husband Alberto in the same year and the Civil War in the United States among other events, influenced by The archaeological discoveries of the moment and the technical innovations in the enamelling and granulation of gold, and the frequent presence of gems; The Late Victorian or Aesthetic Period (1885-1901), marked by the discoveries of diamond mines in Africa, which cheapened the stones allowing more frequent use in jewelry, more frequent use of ivory and soft color combinations, and a reduction Of the size of the works as a rule.
Measures: 4.7 x 4.4 cm.
Weight: 21.07 grams.

· Size: 4,7 x 4,4 cm.

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