Victorian Gold & Silver 16.82 CT Piqué Domed Brooch with Scalloped Details
Victorian Gold & Silver 16.82 CT Piqué Domed Brooch with Scalloped Details
Victorian Gold & Silver 16.82 CT Piqué Domed Brooch with Scalloped Details
Victorian Gold & Silver 16.82 CT Piqué Domed Brooch with Scalloped Details
Victorian Gold & Silver 16.82 CT Piqué Domed Brooch with Scalloped Details
Victorian Gold & Silver 16.82 CT Piqué Domed Brooch with Scalloped Details
Victorian Gold & Silver 16.82 CT Piqué Domed Brooch with Scalloped Details
Victorian Gold & Silver 16.82 CT Piqué Domed Brooch with Scalloped Details
Victorian Gold & Silver 16.82 CT Piqué Domed Brooch with Scalloped Details
Victorian Gold & Silver 16.82 CT Piqué Domed Brooch with Scalloped Details
Victorian Gold & Silver 16.82 CT Piqué Domed Brooch with Scalloped Details
Victorian Gold & Silver 16.82 CT Piqué Domed Brooch with Scalloped Details
Victorian Gold & Silver 16.82 CT Piqué Domed Brooch with Scalloped Details
Victorian Gold & Silver 16.82 CT Piqué Domed Brooch with Scalloped Details
Victorian Gold & Silver 16.82 CT Piqué Domed Brooch with Scalloped Details
Victorian Gold & Silver 16.82 CT Piqué Domed Brooch with Scalloped Details
Victorian Gold & Silver 16.82 CT Piqué Domed Brooch with Scalloped Details
Victorian Gold & Silver 16.82 CT Piqué Domed Brooch with Scalloped Details

BR491

Victorian Gold & Silver 16.82 CT Piqué Domed Brooch with Scalloped Details

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General Information:

  • Total Carat Weight: 16.82 ct
  • Precious Metal Weight: Approximately 1.50 dwt or less (not possible to precisely calculate due to construction method of brooch)
  • Precious Metal Material: Solid gold and pure silver
  • Dimensions: This brooch measures 34.42 mm long x 34.66 mm wide x 16.70 mm deep including the pin stem and open c-clasp to the piece's reverse.
  • Weight: A wonderful 4.71 grams
  • Markings: Unmarked, as is typical for this item type and date of origin.
  • Era: Hawksbill tortoiseshell has a long history of being harvested for the wearable and decorative arts; this shell was either fished by Europeans in Caribbean pre-1820 by the Americans in Bocas del Toro, Panama post-1826. The exact styling, construction, form, elemental pattern and motif herein date this brooch to the mid Victorian period between 1850 to 1860.
  • Buyer Notes: Authentic antique early to mid Victorian  piqué jewelry is shockingly rare amongst the sea of antique jewels on the market. However, of the pieces that are available for sale on most public platforms, most are marked surprisingly low in value. At Revival Fine Jewelry, piqué is valued for numerous factors, which include its steeped historic context, handcrafted origins, inability to be replicated today, and unique make per piece. While the true value of this brooch is between $1190 and $1295 USD, the majority of piqué for sale on the open market is priced at just one-half to one-third of this value.

Specifications:

  • Center Stone Type: Genuine Hawksbill tortoiseshell (heated and molded with precious metals embedded and cured during this process)
  • Center Stone Count: One (1)
  • Center Stone Dimensions: 34.42 x 34.66 x 9.81 mm excluding pin stem and open c-clasp to the piece's reverse
  • Center Stone Carat Weight: 16.82 ct by formula using the exact dimensions of the brooch and per the specific gravity of keratin-rich tortoiseshell (which is about 1.29-1.35)
    • Center Stone Shape: Three-dimensional domed diamond-oriented quatrefoil form with paired scalloping at the cardinal points
    • Center Stone Color: Mottled brownish- black
    • Center Stone Clarity: Semi-translucent to opaque; appears darker and opaque in some lights

    The Story:

    Superbly charming, admirably made and yet often curiously undervalued on the market, Victorian hawksbill tortoiseshell piqué jewelry is surprisingly scarce and profoundly valued by Victorian enthusiasts and jewelry collectors alike. It represents a 19th century intersection of high fashion, distinguished workmanship and appreciation for Mother Nature's unmatched beauty. Indeed, a deservingly controversial jewelry style if made new, authentic antique pieces are uncommon finds, and a staple example of the erstwhile tastes of the Grand Tourists of Europe. The preference for tortoiseshell as a top choice for all such applications was due to its terrific malleability, the etherality of its translucency, and its ability to be mounted with other precious materials, such as gold and silver, known as piqué.

    Tortoiseshell ornamentation has a lengthy and storied history extending thousands of years across many cultures. Wealthy ancient Romans used the material as inlaid decoration or veneer on furniture pieces and the like, and the Japanese had a rich tradition of bekko work, using the material for hair pins, eye glasses and more. By the 17th century, it was a popular choice by the upperclass and royalty for snuff boxes, objet de vertu and objets d'art, popularized by Neapolitan silversmith and jewelry maker Laurenzini. Come the end of the Georgian era, hawksbill was a deeply desirable material for fine jewelry, a trend that spanned well into the height of the Victorian era. As Susan Moore states for Apollo International Arr Magazine, "The 19th century saw something of a rediscovery, with piqué jewellery becoming popular for daytime use, and major 18th-century pieces prized by leading collectors across Europe, not least various Rothschilds in France and England and Queen Mary (2016)."

    Being that this piece dates to before 1870, it was crafted entirely by hand: hawksbill tortoiseshell is a natural thermoplastic, so to achieve its shape, it was heated and placed over a domed mold. The artisan then delicately gouged very small shapes into the surface (the root of the term piqué), into which fine gold and silver rods were carefully inlaid with the excess cut. As the tortoiseshell cooled, the material contracted and securely shrunk around the metal inlay, basically enveloping it into place and becoming "one" with the shell. Once cooled, the piece was cured, buffed and polished ever so slightly. A stem and catch were affixed after, most often made of lesser precious metals given their rear placement and utilitarian function.

    Because the hawksbill tortoise, among numerous other deserving species, are protected by international law (outlawed by CITES in 1973), this and other types of animal-product jewelry and ornaments are no longer made and may not be traded new. However, antiques of this nature are prized by collectors for their uniqueness, rarity and beauty, as they exist as relics of another era and realizations of long lost masterful craftsmanship.

    By placing an order, you accept and agree to uphold Revival Fine Jewelry's terms, conditions and policies.

    Regarding All Purchases: All additional 'prop' jewelry boxes, ring boxes, or any other jewelry items pictured alongside the featured listing are for photographic and display purposes only and are not included in the transaction unless explicitly noted in the listing description and/or title. Your order will be carefully packed within a branded Revival Fine Jewelry gift box and will ship in a discreet outer shipping parcel.

    Regarding Sale Purchases: Items purchased while on sale and/or sold at specially discounted rates negotiated and agreed upon by Revival Fine Jewelry and a designated consumer are considered final sale. Sale and discounted items are nonreturnable, nonrefundable and ineligible for layaway.

    Regarding Brooches & Pins: Often significantly and curiously undervalued jewelry items, brooches, pins and stick pins are treasured pieces of history in this shop. Accordingly, their pricing is calculated analogous to other fine jewelry, including their symbolic meaning, rarity and historical prestige. Such pieces are typically converted to other forms of jewelry, and are therefore becoming increasingly rare in their original states. Aside from being perfectly wearable as sophisticated lapel ornaments, brooches and pins of all kinds are prime candidates for many kinds of fine jewelry conversions, including rings, earrings, pendants, and charms, if so desired by the consumer post-purchase. Revival Fine Jewelry does not perform conversion projects for customers.

    Regarding Storage & Boxes: All specifications, including but not limited to the measurements, age, origins, and material compositions are supplied in good faith as professional estimations constructed using professional grade tools, years of learned and honed skills, educational resources and academic scholarship, and refined research methods. Regardless of our confidence in our descriptions and the photographs deemed viable extensions of these descriptions, we cannot guarantee the definitiveness, faultlessness, or exactitude beyond our knowledge and expertise. Kindly keep in mind that this and all items are sold as-is vintage, antique and estate secondhand wares, and consequently bear conditional wear in matter and operation commensurate with age and use.

    Layaway is available for full priced, non-sale items priced $600.00 USD or greater, and items may not be combined to attain price-eligibility. Plans are offered as 3-month/90-day maximum terms.

    In exchange for offering interest-free plans, customers agree to abide and uphold the following nonnegotiable terms and conditions:

    • A 30% non-refundable deposit is due upfront to reserve the item for layaway and pull it from public sale on all of our shopping platforms. Shipping expenses are added to this first payment unless otherwise requested.

    • The remaining 70% balance is divided up into three subsequent monthly payments due on the same day of the following three months. If deliquent, a $20.00 USD late fee is added per day to an overdue payment until paid.

     In the event that a layaway installment is left unpaid for seven (7) days and no communication is received from the designated customer, the layaway plan will be presumed abandoned. While the item will be returned to public sale, all payments made hitherto are still considered final.

    Layaway items are promptly boxed and shipped to the designated customer once the final payment successfully processes. Taxes, import and other legal fees are not calculated into the payments, and are the sole responsibility of the customer, whether a domestic US or international buyer. Revival Fine Jewelry is not responsible for calculating, covering or adding such costs into purchase prices.

    All layaway payments as well as all items purchased through layaway plans are considered final sale; neither payments nor items may be refunded, transferred, exchanged or returned. Revival Fine Jewelry does not issue store credit.

    Revival Fine Jewelry reserves the right to cancel any layaway plan at any point for any reason if fraudulant activity is suspected. In this event, the designated customer will be notified prior to the intended cancellation of their plan.

    To request a layaway plan, please email us here. Remember to specify your desired item by noting its link, title or code.