This brooch is a great example of what I love about the Edwardians.
Can’t you just imagine two jewelers looking over this design in a dim room, each of them saying to the other every few minutes “Is this enough pizazz?” “No, add more.” “Is this enough?” “No, needs a bit more.” “How about now?”
Now, sarcasm aside, I do think this brooch is great. It’s extremely ornate, but it works. The details are clearly carefully planned to accentuate rather than suffocate each other. The overall impression is one of delicate, complicated lace, rather than excessive scribbling.
The brooch is largely made of filigree, set throughout with European and rose-cut diamonds, accented by cultured and seed pearls, further set with calibré-cut sapphires. It also converts into a pendant and comes with a white gold and diamond-set neckchain for conversion to a necklace.
This amazing brooch was sold as part of Bonhams 18 Dec 2006 Fine Jewelry sale. All images and info are thanks to Bonhams.