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Gold and Diamond Bow Brooch


Made in the late 19th century, but modern in spirit, this yellow gold bow brooch is star-set with a single center old European-cut diamond accent. The stylized ribbon bow unites intriguing asymmetry with bold abstraction. Light and volumized in form and structure, this jewel offers a touch of timeless Victorian glamour.

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Item #: BO-19338
Country: England
Circa: 1880s
Size: 1” length, 1.75” width
Materials: Old European-cut diamond (weighing approximately 0.40 carat); 15K Gold
Signed: "15"

In the 19th century, English jewelers became the masters of “blooming” gold jewels, which involved acid treatment to purify the gold alloy, leaving a rich gleaming surface that was higher in karat. This was one of the few professional secrets that proud French jewelers aspired to learn from their English counterparts.