Stone Cuts: Old European Cut. Item Measurements: The brooch measures 0.85" in length and 36" wide.Pin/Brooch Style: Brooch, Lapel Pin, Hat Pin, Scarf Pin, Tie Pin. Closure Type: Pin Stem with Open "C" Clasp. Convertible to Pendant: If desired, your local jeweler can add a bale to this piece, so it can be worn as a pendant. This brooch was handmade during the Georgian era in Spain or a former Spanish colony. The design of this brooch was very popular in Iberia and the Iberian colonies, with pieces such as this often being worn as wedding jewelry. There are thirteen pink rubies on the face of this brooch. The foliate themed design of this brooch would have been very fashionable during this time period.
The brooch can be worn on a variety of accessories, including hats, scarves, and lapels, among many others. Tarnish on the sterling silver with a gold wash gives this piece an antique quality which we believe is quite lovely. There is are three rubies missing from the face of the brooch; however, this is not immediately noticeable and, if desired, your local jeweler can easily replace the stone. The pin stem is slightly loose and will need to be tightened in order for the piece to be worn securely, which your local jeweler can easily do.
The price has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only. The Georgian era is known for its hand-crafted designs, which were heavily influenced by world exploration. A few signatures of this era were high karat gold, cameos, chatelaine accessories, foil-backed stones, rivière necklaces, memento mori, and mourning jewelry, and rose and mine cut diamonds. While the jewelry from this era began to see designs from all over the world, jewelry from abroad was still very expensive to acquire due to sea travel.
Between age and difficulty of acquirement, pieces from the Georgian era are amazing and rare historical finds. Rubies are one of the four precious gemstones and are prized for their pink to blood red colors.
The most valued hue of ruby is called blood-red, or pigeon blood, for the bright, rich hue it exhibits. The color of a ruby comes from the element chromium. Rubies have adorned royal and religious jewelry for centuries and were especially esteemed in Asian countries like China and India, where they were thought to bring good fortune. Rubies are graded by color, clarity, cut, and carat. Rubies are often also evaluated based on their geographic origin.The item "Antique Vintage Georgian Sterling Silver Gold Spanish Colonial Ruby Pin Brooch" is in sale since Sunday, April 28, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Pins, Brooches". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado.
This item can be shipped worldwide.