Diamond, Gold and Silver Foil-Back Brooch with Gold Pin, Late 18th Century or Early 19th Century
Jewelers handcrafted all the jewelry of this period with incredibly labor-intensive processes. The artisans had to hand hammer gold ingots and other metals into thin sheets before even starting to fabricate pieces.
Locating jewelry from this period can be very difficult. Georgian period jewelers often melted down what they considered out-of-date pieces in order to make newer pieces reflecting current trends.
Since gold assaying wasn’t enforced until the 1900s, you won’t find authentic Georgian jewelry with stamps. Also absent are maker’s marks. These marks indicate the firm responsible for producing the jewelry. However, no one enforced them until the 1900s.
Georgian period jewelers often set gemstones in closed back settings. These included foil backings under the gems to enhance their scintillation by candlelight. (If you acquire such a piece, be aware that contact with water will ruin the delicate the foil).
Pin is a later addition. 46 faceted, table and rose cut diamonds. with the central table cut stone of a fancy color.
2 1/4" length, 1 1/2" width.