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During the late 1800’s, stars were the most popular jewelry motif. They were carved into the tops of amethysts and carbuncles, centered on brooches, bracelets, and lockets, and pavéd often with diamonds, pearls, and other gemstones. These early stars were relatively flat but later in the century, a more dimensional form of the motif would emerge.

Featuring the colors of American suffrage, this wonderful brooch is an outstanding example of late 19th-century craftspersonship. Small details like golden “stars” in the white enamel halos surrounding the Old European Cut peridots, the finest chain, suspending the natural river pearl, and an outstanding reeded bar connecting them signals that this small bauble was made for a figure of importance and wealth.


Materials & Features: 18k gold, peridot, white enamel 

Age/Origin: English, Victorian, c. 1880

Measurements: 2.7 grams, 1.60"

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.

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