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Diamond “Rising Sun” Brooch


This antique “Rising Sun” diamond brooch is a delicate jewel that seems made of light and shadow like its natural counterpart. The fiery antique cuts of the diamonds animate the sun’s rays with their scintillation and spectral colors, while the contrasting dark patination of the silver-topped gold enhances the stones’ glittering reflection effects. The uplifting sunrise motif with its promise of daily new beginnings can also be worn in the hair for a fresh, chic look.

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Item #: BO-19225
Circa: 1880s
Size: 1.50” length, 3.00” width
Materials: Old European-cut center diamond (weighing approximately 0.75 carat); 10 Old European-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 1.50 carats); 139 Old mine-cut and rose-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 4.00 carats); Silver-topped 14K gold
Literature: A Victorian era “Rising Sun” motif brooch is illustrated in Ernle Bradford’s English Victorian Jewelry, London: Country Life Limited, 1959, p. 39

The Rising Sun was a favorite symbol in the Victorian Era, referring both to growing general prosperity, as well as to the many reforms of voting laws, factory conditions, and women’s rights that were slowly but surely undertaken during her reign.