Victorian Sapphire Brooch Pendant

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his Victorian brooch pendant is certainly a master piece. It has been crafted entirely by hand, with each perfectly matched blue sapphire carefully nested into its gauged setting. Centred are six talon like claws holding onto a precious old mine cut diamond.

The Victorians were a clever folk! They knew how to make the most of their expensive jewels, and this is no exception. Upon closer inspection you’ll come to find that the pin has a threaded base, and has been designed to be removed. With a gentle push a bale rises up between the lobes of the heart to be worn as a pendant. The original claw has been lost to the sands of time, with its modern replacement now permanently affixed to the brooch; but this assembly stands as a testament to clever engineering on behalf of the goldsmith. Two pieces in one!

I’ve scoured the brooch for hours looking for a makers mark, or some indication of origin, but to no avail. This piece is by anonymous. Curiously enough, I was able to find a ghost like serial number reading, “450,” but that is all this brooch is going to tell me about its past.

Based on my research, the brooch likely came from continental Europe, and was created c.1890.

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Brooch courtesy of McTamney’s Jeweller & Pawnbroker, Toronto.

 

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