Victorian Diamond Star Brooch Pendant 3+cttw 18k Gold and Silver

The Metropolitan Opera house opened with a performance of 'Faust' on October 22, 1883; on Broadway in New York City. The opera house had been formed and built by the likes of the Vanderbilts, the Roosevelts and the Astors as a response to being shut out of the Academy of Music due to their new-money status. On opening night, and every night for years to come, the private boxes at the Met became known as ‘The Diamond Horseshoe’ as the radiance of the stunning diamond jewels of the patrons lit up under the gaslights and the massive chandelier. This diamond starburst brooch would have felt completely at home. Likely it would have been worn as only one of a collection of starburst brooches pinned to a fur or dress. A singular part of the Diamond Horseshoe.

This starburst is one of my personal favorites, it has a touch of a snowflake look to the design. The brooch is handcrafted in 18 karat gold with the diamonds set in silver. The center stone is an Old European Cushion cut diamond that weighs just over a half carat, and the total weight in diamonds, including the additional 56 Old European cut stones, is about 3.25 carats. This fantastic piece is exceptionally sparkly and lively, the diamonds flashing with your every move. The pin stem is a later replacement and is fixed, but the brooch has an enhancer fitting on the back so this piece would be easy to wear as a pendant. It has no hallmarks that I can see, I purchased it in England, and it was likely made there, around 1880-1890. It measures 34 mm north to south and across and weighs 12.9 grams. The star has been appraised by a GIA Master Gemologist and I’m happy to provide a full copy of the appraisal upon request, the insurance replacement value is $12,500 USD.

This stunning and versatile brooch or pendant is ready for it's re-introduction to the world. Maybe you'll take it to the Met? It promises to shine just as brightly under LED light as it did under the gaslights back in the day.

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Item ID: BH0519006V



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