Ref #: CPMIX06380
Antique Sapphire & Diamond Flower Spray Pin
Antique sapphire and diamond flower spray pin in silver-topped gold with ruby accents, set with a natural Ceylon sapphire weighing approximately 15.00 carats, circa 1860. Length: 6 1/2" (from the top of the flower along the arch to the tip of the stem).
The Victorian era is often described as being rich, opulent and grandiose, particularly in the fine and decorative arts; however, in between lofty tiaras and dripping necklaces, many pieces of jewelry display grace, elegance and a timeless appearance. Figurative jewelry was also extremely popular, and, in particular, flora and fauna were interpreted in almost every way.
This sapphire and diamond brooch dates from around 1860, and is a perfect example of exceptional workmanship combined with an elegance that translates to an object considered beautiful in any era. Set with a 15 carat natural Ceylon sapphire, the scroll leaves have a sculptural quality that is much more three dimensional than many pins one sees from this period. The flower has a long curved stem suspended in the wind in an arching line of diamonds perfectly proportioned for the shoulder it is to rest on.
To use contradictory terms this is understated elegance that has tremendous impact for the sophisticated lover of jewelry.