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This brooch is part of a six piece set, or parure, of jewelry made from steel pave-set with iron pyrite. A vertical frond, similar to a fern or other leafy branch, stands at the center of a laurel wreath.
Jewelry sets such as this were tourist souvenirs made from the locally-produced iron pyrite crystals often called "Irish diamonds." Other popular Irish motifs included in this set are trefoil shamrock leaves. For more on this type of jewelry and to see a similar set in the Birmingham (UK) Museum of Art, see Charlotte Gere and Judy Rudoe, Jewellery in the Age of Victoria (2011), 496.
Original to Castle Tucker (Wiscasset, Me.),
1.875 x 1.875 (HxW) (inches)
Gift of Miss Jane S. Tucker
Ireland (British Isles, Europe) [island]