Victorian Sterling Silver 6.79 CTW Harlequin Multi-Gemstone Scorpion Brooch
Victorian Sterling Silver 6.79 CTW Harlequin Multi-Gemstone Scorpion Brooch
Victorian Sterling Silver 6.79 CTW Harlequin Multi-Gemstone Scorpion Brooch
Victorian Sterling Silver 6.79 CTW Harlequin Multi-Gemstone Scorpion Brooch
Victorian Sterling Silver 6.79 CTW Harlequin Multi-Gemstone Scorpion Brooch
Victorian Sterling Silver 6.79 CTW Harlequin Multi-Gemstone Scorpion Brooch
Victorian Sterling Silver 6.79 CTW Harlequin Multi-Gemstone Scorpion Brooch
Victorian Sterling Silver 6.79 CTW Harlequin Multi-Gemstone Scorpion Brooch
Victorian Sterling Silver 6.79 CTW Harlequin Multi-Gemstone Scorpion Brooch
Victorian Sterling Silver 6.79 CTW Harlequin Multi-Gemstone Scorpion Brooch
Victorian Sterling Silver 6.79 CTW Harlequin Multi-Gemstone Scorpion Brooch
Victorian Sterling Silver 6.79 CTW Harlequin Multi-Gemstone Scorpion Brooch
Victorian Sterling Silver 6.79 CTW Harlequin Multi-Gemstone Scorpion Brooch
Victorian Sterling Silver 6.79 CTW Harlequin Multi-Gemstone Scorpion Brooch
Victorian Sterling Silver 6.79 CTW Harlequin Multi-Gemstone Scorpion Brooch
Victorian Sterling Silver 6.79 CTW Harlequin Multi-Gemstone Scorpion Brooch
Victorian Sterling Silver 6.79 CTW Harlequin Multi-Gemstone Scorpion Brooch
Victorian Sterling Silver 6.79 CTW Harlequin Multi-Gemstone Scorpion Brooch
Victorian Sterling Silver 6.79 CTW Harlequin Multi-Gemstone Scorpion Brooch
Victorian Sterling Silver 6.79 CTW Harlequin Multi-Gemstone Scorpion Brooch
Victorian Sterling Silver 6.79 CTW Harlequin Multi-Gemstone Scorpion Brooch

BR288

Victorian Sterling Silver 6.79 CTW Harlequin Multi-Gemstone Scorpion Brooch

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General Information:

  • Total Carat Weight: 6.79 ctw
  • Precious Metal Weight: 0.295 ozt
  • Precious Metal Material: Sterling silver
  • Dimensions: 77.5 mm north to south (long) x 28.9 mm east to west (wide) x 7.0 mm deep; 39.6 mm pin length
  • Weight: 9.17 grams
  • Markings: Unmarked but procured as sterling silver
  • Era: Victorian c. 1880s
  • Buyer Notes: This brooch was made entirely by hand, and evidence of this antique character is found in its imperfections and subtle asymmetries. The stones all bear wear and surface abrasions commensurate with its approximate 140 year age and use, with some stones showing more wear due to lower Mohs hardnesses. Flea-bit nibbles are found here and there, and there is one chip on the pavilion (underside) of the blue spinel. The glass eyes seem to have harder wear and more pronounced surface scuffing, which is best seen under extreme magnification and is less noticeable to the naked eye due to the cabochons’ particularly small size. The gemstones mounted have each been tested with a Presidium tester, are considered to be semi-precious, and are most notable for their age and hand-faceting. Their carat weights have been calculated by formula according to the specific gravities of each kind of gem. Each stone is set within claw prongs with the exception of the glass eyes, which are set within modified bezels. The pin stem closure is an open (not locking) c-clasp, though it secures fairly tightly for this kind of mechanism.

Specifications:

1. Head (Cephalothorax)

  • Stone Type: Smoky Quartz
  • Stone Count: One (1)
  • Stone Carat Weight: 3.47 ct
  • Stone Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.8 x 6.8 mm 
  • Stone Shape: Modified rectangular faceted cut
  • Stone Color & Clarity: Translucent deep smoky brown

2. Preabdomen (Mesosoma)

  • Stone Type: Beryl
  • Stone Count: One (1)
  • Stone Carat Weight: 1.02 ct
  • Stone Dimensions: 4 x 7 x 7 mm 
  • Stone Shape: Modified round faceted cut
  • Stone Color & Clarity: Clear with a warm undertone

3. Postabdomen (Metasoma)

  • Stone Type: Glass (located on tail)
  • Stone Count: One (1)
  • Stone Carat Weight: 0.69 ct
  • Stone Dimensions: 6.7 x 5.0 x 3.0 mm 
  • Stone Shape: Oval faceted cut
  • Stone Color & Clarity: Translucent vivid purplish-red

4. Shoulder (Femur)

  • Stone Type: Spinel
  • Stone Count: One (1)
  • Stone Carat Weight: 0.98 ct
  • Stone Dimensions: 6.5 x 6.5 x 3.8 mm 
  • Stone Shape: Modified Old European cut
  • Stone Color & Clarity: Translucent blue-green to aqua

5. Shoulder (Femur)

  • Stone Type: Pyrope Garnet
  • Stone Count: One (1) 
  • Stone Carat Weight: 0.58 ct
  • Stone Dimensions: 6.0 x 6.0 x 2.8 mm 
  • Stone Shape: Modified round faceted cut
  • Stone Color & Clarity: Translucent vivid brick red

6. "Eyes" (Prosoma)

  • Stone Type: Glass
  • Stone Count: Two (2)
  • Stone Carat Weight: 0.052 ctw; 0.026 ct ea.
  • Stone Dimensions: 1.8 x 1.8 x 0.8 mm 
  • Stone Shape: Round cabochons
  • Stone Color & Clarity: Opaque deep royal blue

The Story:

Entirely crafted by hand during the last few decades of the 19th century, this brooch is in the form of a scorpion, an iconic yet relatively short-lived fad of the end of the Victorian period. Scorpion brooches grew popular as wearable talismans by gentlemen and women, and these jewels stand apart from most figural pins of the time in their rather large scale. Most Victorian scorpion brooches are mounted with a series of graduated moonstone cabochons, though this brooch is unique in its multi-gemstone character known as “Harlequin” jewelry. Harlequin jewels are named in reference to the comic characters that are their namesake, who were known by their spirited checkered costumes; the multi-gemstone gives something of a checked effect itself, recalling Harlequinian attire.

This brooch features seven individual gems: within the body is mounted a central smoky quartz, followed by beryl and glass, while the shoulders are mounted with spinel and pyrope, and the eyes made of glass cabochons. These gems show wear and abrasions to facet junctions and surfaces commensurate with affectionate use. The stones were each cut and faceted by hand, and show their handmade quality and expected imperfection and slight asymmetry upon close inspection. The meshing of earthy tones from the gemstones offsets the cool silver fabrication of the scorpion setting, and offers a colorful focal point to any outfit. 

Victorians loved deep symbolism in the decorative arts and in jewelry, where every attribute conveyed a message and every element had meaning:

Scorpions have been perceived as symbolic creatures by many cultures for many thousands of years. They are believed to be signs of fierce determination and courage, as the arachnids are known for their fighting resolve. Scorpions are calculated and patient, awaiting the perfect moment to strike. Though they act in the name of self-preservation, they are also seen as symbols of rebirth and new life. 

Furthermore, smoky quartz is believed to be stabilizing and calming, is seen as a regulatory factor that steadies the body and mind and offers a centered perspective on life. Beryl is thought to aid in deepening one’s faith and provide healing properties, relieving unease as well as toxic thinking and internal toxins alike. Spinel is believed to allow the wearer to lessen their ego in order to allow another to be a priority. It is seen as a source of energy boost, rejuvenating vitality and thus, represents hope.

Interestingly, pyrope is a symbol of self-love and divine affection, a gem that speaks to the self as most superior. It is used in jewelry to represent passion and profound emotional connection. In sum, this piece is packed with meaning, with every choice an intentional addition to the larger story that this brooch tells.

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