Halley’s Comet is named for famed astronomer Edmond Halley, but its sightings date to long before Halley was around. In fact, sightings of the comet are recorded in ancient Greek history from as early as 486 BC. Imagine how brightly it must have shown in the Grecian night sky, long before light pollution, or even much in the way of lights. Halley predicted that it would pass over Georgian England on the 13th of March, 1759 and when his prediction came true, it ushered a new era of wonder into Victorian Europe and garnered the comet a new name!
This fantastic comet brooch was made in the Georgian era, most likely around 1759. It was hand crafted in 15 karat gold and is set with two closed-backed, flat cut garnets. This diminutive brooch measures 23.4 mm long and 10.3 mm north to south, it weighs 1.7 grams and while it is unmarked, it has been carefully acid tested.
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