Antique 14k Rosy Gold & Platinum 1.31 CTW Natural Pearl Crescent Moon Brooch
Antique 14k Rosy Gold & Platinum 1.31 CTW Natural Pearl Crescent Moon Brooch
Antique 14k Rosy Gold & Platinum 1.31 CTW Natural Pearl Crescent Moon Brooch
Antique 14k Rosy Gold & Platinum 1.31 CTW Natural Pearl Crescent Moon Brooch
Antique 14k Rosy Gold & Platinum 1.31 CTW Natural Pearl Crescent Moon Brooch
Antique 14k Rosy Gold & Platinum 1.31 CTW Natural Pearl Crescent Moon Brooch
Antique 14k Rosy Gold & Platinum 1.31 CTW Natural Pearl Crescent Moon Brooch
Antique 14k Rosy Gold & Platinum 1.31 CTW Natural Pearl Crescent Moon Brooch
Antique 14k Rosy Gold & Platinum 1.31 CTW Natural Pearl Crescent Moon Brooch
Antique 14k Rosy Gold & Platinum 1.31 CTW Natural Pearl Crescent Moon Brooch
Antique 14k Rosy Gold & Platinum 1.31 CTW Natural Pearl Crescent Moon Brooch
Antique 14k Rosy Gold & Platinum 1.31 CTW Natural Pearl Crescent Moon Brooch
Antique 14k Rosy Gold & Platinum 1.31 CTW Natural Pearl Crescent Moon Brooch
Antique 14k Rosy Gold & Platinum 1.31 CTW Natural Pearl Crescent Moon Brooch
Antique 14k Rosy Gold & Platinum 1.31 CTW Natural Pearl Crescent Moon Brooch
Antique 14k Rosy Gold & Platinum 1.31 CTW Natural Pearl Crescent Moon Brooch
Antique 14k Rosy Gold & Platinum 1.31 CTW Natural Pearl Crescent Moon Brooch
Antique 14k Rosy Gold & Platinum 1.31 CTW Natural Pearl Crescent Moon Brooch
Antique 14k Rosy Gold & Platinum 1.31 CTW Natural Pearl Crescent Moon Brooch
Antique 14k Rosy Gold & Platinum 1.31 CTW Natural Pearl Crescent Moon Brooch
Antique 14k Rosy Gold & Platinum 1.31 CTW Natural Pearl Crescent Moon Brooch
Antique 14k Rosy Gold & Platinum 1.31 CTW Natural Pearl Crescent Moon Brooch

BR423

Antique 14k Rosy Gold & Platinum 1.31 CTW Natural Pearl Crescent Moon Brooch

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General Information:

  • Total Carat Weight: 1.31 ctw
  • Precious Metal Weight: 0.80 dwt
  • Precious Metal Material: The body of the brooch is 14k warm, rosy yellow gold and the two endpoints of the crescent are topped with platinum accents.
  • Dimensions: This piece measures 17.43 mm long x 15.11 mm wide x 6.46 mm back to front, including the stem and closure to its reverse.
  • Weight: 1.24 grams
  • Markings: Unmarked
  • Era: Given the piece's construction and use of an open c-clasp, its precious metal combination including platinum, the celestial motif and style, we estimate that this brooch dates to sometime between 1880 and 1900.
  • Buyer Notes: An excellent lapel or collar accessory, this brooch is a relic of the end of the Victorian era. It is more petite in scale, yet packs loads of character and symbolism. The piece is studded with natural pearls boasting a range of warm hues, the charm of which set this brooch apart from the loads of crescent moon jewels available. A perfect complement to any taste, outfit and personal style, this piece is a staple in any collector's jewelry box.

Specifications:

  • Center Stone Type: Natural Pearl (likely freshwater)
  • Center Stone Count: Eleven (11)
  • Center Stone Dimensions and Carat Weights: 
    • 2.11 mm = 0.07 ct
    • 2.29 mm = 0.09 ct
    • 2.43 mm = 0.11 ct
    • 2.61 mm = 0.14  ct
    • 2.73 mm = 0.16 ct
    • 3.07 mm = 0.22 ct
    • 2.66 mm = 0.14 ct
    • 2.62 mm = 0.14 ct
    • 2.29 mm = 0.09 ct
    • 2.16 mm = 0.08 ct
    • 2.06 mm = 0.07 ct
  • Center Stone Shape: Round and Near-Round
  • Center Stone Color:  Cream to gray and some slightly rosy-mauve
  • Center Stone Clarity: Opaque with very good luster and silvery orient

The Story:

A sweetly detailed and timeless accessory, this pin features eleven graduated natural pearls of varying sizes and orients. Together, they form a perfectly minimalist allusion to the waxing or waning crescent moon, a symbol with multitudinous meanings within decorative and jewelry history. Pearls, too, bear their own symbolism: they can represent the tears shed over lost love or life and can be symbols of purity and the gift of redemption. When mounted in celestially-themed jewelry, pearls are often designed to recall the lustrousness of the stars of the heavens and the mystery of their divine origins.

The rise in popularity of celestial jewels in the Western world began in the 18th century with the fury of excitement surrounding Halley’s Comet. The story of Halley’s Comet jewelry is legendary in the world of jewelry collecting: in the first few years of the 1700s, English astronomer Edmond Halley speculated that the two dozen comets that had swept past the earth between 1337-1698 were actually a single comet, one that he predicted would make its next visible journey in 1758. Although the astronomer did not live to see it, his prediction was correct. Halley’s Comet was then proven to make an appearance every 75 years. In suit, the decorative and wearable arts industries were keen to celebrate this incredible discovery with the production of handcrafted jewels designed to mirror the dynamism of the comet’s streak and sparkling blaze.

Another root of celestial jewelry stems from the tastes of none other than the last queen of France, Marie Antoinette herself. Using Bristol glass or cobalt blue enameling in tandem with diamond and/or pearl “stars” throughout, (usually) rings and (sometimes) pins were designed to be beguiling allusions to the depth and mystery of the heavens. Such jewels were known as “Bagues au Firmament”, translating from French to mean “Rings of the Heavens”. They were most popularized by Marie Antoinette in the 1780s as breakthroughs in astronomy illuminated the 18th century era, and influenced science, art, faith and fashion. The queen owned a ring of this make, which she proudly donned and with which she influenced trends of her time.

Regarding the crescent shape, more symbolism is revealed. Crescent moons emerged as popular motifs during the Mid to Late Victorian period, influenced by broader world travel of the rising middle class which extended from the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. Such increased trade and tourism with Africa and the Middle East included sites and regions in Egypt, Sudan, Marrakesh, Algeria, Tunisia, Israel, Istanbul, Turkey and others. Victorians brought home souvenirs, new emblematic interests and connections, design influences and ideas. The crescent moon shape is one such cultural, holy and political emblem, and is a stylized rendition of the waning moon.

The Victorians also affiliated it with feminine energy and connectedness, fertility and birth cycles, something of an early feminist symbol as it connoting the mystery and strength of the femme and the woman. Crescents express the ephemerality of life through its foreseen and unforeseen ebbs and flows; it reminds the wearer of life’s fragility while also encouraging the life-giving relationship with the Divine, as the cyclical nature of life is, itself, a story of ceaseless and promised redemption. The crescent shape is believed to be a nurturing and watchful eye, a motherly protective agent for its wearer, with ancient and cross-cultural roots.

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