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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