The air smelled crisp as dew dotted the green grass of a springtime morning. She wore her hair up in a messy ponytail with faded jeans and a sweater. The scarf around her neck was of silk and warmth, fastened together with a brooch as beautiful as that very morning. The colors of the topaz matched the flowers starting to open with the soft sunlight. It looked natural there, with her white scarf, against her olive skin. She put her hands in her pockets, and looked out at the day, smiling at it.
This antique Georgian topaz and turquoise gold floral brooch was handcrafted in France in about 1820-25. It’s a stunning 18 karat gold piece with flowers of pink and blue topaz and leaves of robin egg blue turquoise. There are 11 pink oval topaz stones and 17 blue oval topaz stones, each measuring 3.5 x 4.2 x 2 mm and weighing a total of approximately 5.88 carats. At the center of the pink topaz flower is an old European cut diamond, measuring 3.2 x 2.2 mm and weighing approximately .18 carats. There are eight oval cabochon turquoises. This brooch pin measures 35.3 x 58.2 mm and it weighs 7.0 grams. It is marked on the C clasp with the left facing ram’s head mark (used from 1819-1938) which indicated a minimum gold fineness of 18 karat/750. It comes in an antique box in which it was purchased by me and which helps to protect it, I’m fairly certain that box and brooch are not original to each other.
I didn’t want to share this beauty with the rest of the world but the more I looked at it, the more I realized it would be a crime not to. This is a gorgeous masterpiece, I hope you enjoy it.
A note from Victoria: This piece is not in perfect condition. One of the gold leaves is broken off from the bottom, and you can see the base of this leaf just by the gold ball to the left of the central pink topaz in the first photo. I thought it was so incredibly beautiful that I was willing to forgive it this small flaw. I checked with my jeweler on repairing it, but he agreed that it is lovely as is and said that a repair may cause it to be less beautiful, not more.
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When certain mineral combinations are subject to extreme heat and pressure, wonderful things can happen. Rubies might have turned out as sapphires or emeralds, they have the same basic components after all. Only a tiny mineral change and the right machinations of the Earth’s crust came along to kiss the stone with enough fire to turn it this brilliant shade of bright red. It’s almost as if that intense heat has been captured in the form of this glowing and sparkling gem. A rare and stunning stone that only fire could create.
This stunning Ruby and diamond ring was hand crafted in France in about 1880. The fabulous natural ruby shows signs of being untreated, it measures 8x5.8x3 mm and weighs approximately 1.1 carats. The ruby is surrounded by 12 chunky Old Mine Cut diamonds which are bright and lively. The diamonds are rated as F-G in color and VS1-SI2 in clarity with most being VS, they add up to 1.52 total carats, each shoulder is further set with a small mine cut diamond of .055 carats, for a total diamond weight in this ring of 1.63 carats. The ring measures 15.13 mm north to south and 11.7 mm across, it sits 4.2 mm off the finger and narrows to 1.75 mm at the back of the band.
This antique, halo style ring is marked on the outside of the band with the French hallmark of the right facing Eagles head and was further tested as 18 karat gold. It weighs 4.13 grams and is a US size 7.
This ring comes with an appraisal done by a GIA accredited Master Gemologist who is qualified to appraise antique pieces. The full replacement value is $11,470, please inquire for a copy of the appraisal.
I offer a 3-5 payment layaway on most items purchased for full retail price, please inquire if you are interested in setting up a layaway. Items ship when payment is complete and items purchased or payments made on layaway are eligible for store credit only.
I always want you to be happy with every aspect of your purchase. If you are not completely satisfied for any reason simply let me know and we'll work together to get the item returned for a full refund. I guarantee that my pictures and descriptions are as accurate as possible. My goal is to exceed your best expectations!