This Georgian Garnet brooch is something very special as it commemorates a rare and enthralling astronomical event!
Halley's comet is visible from Earth only once every 75 years is named after Edmond Halley, who was the first scientist to record the regularity of its occurrence back in 1705.
This brooch would have been made around 1780, the very next time that Halley's Comet was visible from Earth after it was named!
It has been designed to look like the famous comet, with a bright white center surrounded by a red glow. You can see in the Silver settings around the Rock Crystal how the jeweller has given the piece a sense of forward motion, representing the comet's path through the sky.
This is a very rare piece of history that truly tells a beautiful story! This brooch will have seen the comet four times already, and it's next due to visit in 2061. I like to think that it will be ready and waiting....
ERA: Georgian c.1780
MEASUREMENTS: The brooch measures 20.6mm long by 14.9 wide. The pin is 25mm long.
The Rock Crystal is 8mm long, the Garnets are each 3-5mm wide.
MATERIALS: Sterling Silver (tested), Steel Pin, Garnet, Rock Crystal
HALLMARKS: None present
GOOD: This brooch has lived a long life! There are some dings in the Silver, and a few chips in the Garnets. Three stones are cracked, although they are still very much secure. The value of this piece isn't just the price it commands, but the years of history that it has witnessed. Can you imagine the events something this old will have been present for? Remarkable!
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This item will arrive beautifully gift wrapped in a Lillicoco presentation box, tied up with a pink ribbon. You’ll also receive a handwritten information booklet and free polishing cloth too!
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