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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.
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.
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),
2 x 1 1/2 x 7/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
"Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at www.historicnewengland.org/jewelryhistory/.