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Moonstone Sweetheart Brooch


This charming ruby, diamond, and moonstone sweetheart brooch with a ribbon bow dates from the late 19th century. The billowy look of the puffed moonstone hearts sets off the vivid glow of the rubies and brightly sparkling diamonds surrounding them, all combining to create a gemmy symbol of love and affection.

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Country: England
Circa: 1880s-1900s
Size: 1" length, 1" width
Materials: 23 Old mine-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.70 carat); 25 Cushion-cut rubies (approximate total weight 1.07 carats); 15K Gold
Literature: Similar brooch from the period pictured in Understanding Jewellery, by David Bennett and Daniela Mascetti, Woodbridge, England: The Antique Collectors’ Club, reprinted 2006, p. 248

In addition to conjoined hearts, swallows, snakes, and buckles were among the motifs that expressed the endearing hidden language of Victorian love jewelry.