Outstanding Victorian 18k and Sterling Clamshell Brooch
Victorian jewelry is as complex in its symbolism, sentiment, and design as the fashion, architecture, and decor of the time. Worn as an ornament, a love token, or a remembrance, jewelry not only completed the well-dressed lady’s costume but also denoted her position in society, her marital status, and her sense of self.
Rose-cut diamonds, a twisted dowsing rod, and two effervescent pearls crown this incredible brooch with her superb French craftspersonship. I love the delicacy of the rose cuts and the beauty of their open-back settings! Classic to the 1870s. The clamshell symbolized both prosperity and feminine anatomy in the 19th century.
Materials and Features: 18k gold, sterling silver, rose-cut diamonds, pearls
Age/Origin: Victorian, c. 1870s
Measurements: 1.5" length, 4.32 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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