In the Victorian era, it was very common for birthstones to be used instead of diamonds for engagement rings. Nearing the end of the Victorian period, the discovery of diamonds in South Africa helped popularize diamonds again. Additionally, this historical period is where the very first diamond solitaire engagement rings originated! At the turn of the century, society was at the height of the industrial revolution and the jewelry of the time period reflected the dawning of a new modern age.
Emerald (May's birthstone), garnet (January's), and turquoise (December's) come together to form not only a stunning piece that's packed with history and symbolism but also a very special gift for a mother of three with these birth months.
A fashionable trifle for mothers and daughters, birthstone brooches were popular gifts and tokens of affection with the sentiment of family members' birthstones. Here we have emerald, turquoise, and garnet - a substantial brooch in any collection.
Materials and Features: 14k gold, garnet, turquoise, emerald
Age/Origin: American, Victorian, c. 1880
Measurements: 1.15", 3 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.