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Seed Pearl and Diamond Starburst Brooch


Dating from the late 19th century, this Victorian gold starburst brooch is set with seed pearls and diamonds. Designed as a star with twelve arms of alternating lengths bead-set with split seed pearls, it centers an old European-cut diamond framed by rose-cut diamonds. This lustrous pearl star with diamond sparkles and combines fine Victorian workmanship with contemporary style, working for casual and formal occasions alike, as well as being convertible into a pendant with a retractable bail.

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Item #: BO-19409 
Circa: 1890s
Size: 2’' length, 2’' width 
Materials: 13 Old European-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.45 carat); 72 Split seed pearls; 18K Gold

Seed pearls are a form of natural pearl found in freshwater mollusks. Nineteenth century jewelry designers in England and America benefited from the abundant supply of these pearls in Scottish and American waterways.