From our collection of Victorian pebble jewellery comes this striking carnelian and silver brooch. Carnelian is a chalcedony coloured red usually due to high iron oxide content in the surrounding rock. It became a common semi-precious stone for jewellery due to its striking hue and ease of carving; hues vary from a deep orangey red to a pale, almost whitish pink and this particular stone has rich seems of these variations and so held to the light it becomes translucent.
It is a flat, oval brooch with scaloped edges cut to look like braces (squiggly brackets) with silver claw mounts between each point. At the centre a hole has been bored and an etched silver floral border mounted around the hole. The stripes of the stone go horizontally across the brooch. To the rear the claws support a ring of silver which in turn hosts the pin: as with most Victorian brooches, the pin is over long (slightly longer than the brooch) and secured with a C-clasp. We often urge customers to secure with a safety pin in these cases to avoid loss.
Bearing in mind that this brooch is 19th century, it is in remarkable condition. The silver is not marked as at this time, silver did not have to be marked under a certain weight, but is in good condition. The stone is bright and clear. One of the points may appear on first glance to be chipped but actually this is where the colour fades and then darkens again – I can assure you that it is intact.
- 1.75 inches (4.5 cm) long + a bit for the pin
- 1.25 inches (3.5 cm wide
Letter A – £8.50
Customers outside the UK, please contact us quoting the stock number and your location for a quote