Victorian Fancy Diamond Butterfly Brooch c.1890
A highly unusual Victorian diamond butterfly brooch
The brooch is set with a combination of old-cut diamonds to the body and white and champage old-cut diamonds set to the wings.
The brooch is silver fronted and gold backed typical of the Victorian era, with ruby eyes and a sprung pin to the reverse. There is a screw fitting hole to the back indicating the brooch might have been worn as a hairpiece at some point.
The butterfly was a popular motif in fashion and jewellery for the Victorian age. Long associated with the soul and metamorphosis butterfiles were also seen as elegant and beautiful - perfect accessories for a fashionable Victorian lady.
Price Code: D, £2500 - £5000
Era: Victorian, 1839 - 1901
Measurements:Total diamond weight estimated 2.5 carats,
Brooch length 3.5cm; width 2.5cm; weight 7.6g
Hallmarks: Unmarked, tests as Silver & Gold