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Diamond brooch

2006.44.31.1 (RS196529)

Description

This diamond brooch contains a total of seventy-six diamonds arranged in an oval sunburst pattern. The center is a large, old cushion-cut diamond surrounded by prong-set old mine and rose-cut diamonds, all in a platinum-plated gold mount. The brooch is set for optional wear as a pendant with a cross-shaped, diamond-set bail. The brooch was associated with a box, 2006.44.31.2, which is most likely not original to the brooch.

Details

Label
New York Winter Antique Show, January 2010: While diamonds have been worn since antiquity, they became increasingly common in the nineteenth century as improved mining, cutting, and polishing techniques made them more popular. This dazzling Beaux-Arts piece, which could be worn as a brooch or a pendant, contains seventy-six pear and round cut diamonds. It belonged originally to Anna Peabody of Boston, Massachusetts.
Maker
unknown
Date
ca. 1890
Associated Building
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
diamond (mineral)
gold (metal)
platinum (metal)
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
Brooch
brooches
diamond (mineral)
gold (metal)
pins (jewelry)
platinum (metal)
Dimensions
2 x 1 1/2 x 7/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.31.1
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
101660
Exhibition Notes
"Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at www.historicnewengland.org/jewelryhistory/.

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