You'll never find anything quite like this rare Georgian Pinchbeck Garnet cabochon snake drop brooch. Her rich red wine hued Garnets, with an approximate carat weight of 204cts, are so incredibly juicy and large, the likes of which could never be found today!
Composed of rare Georgian Pinchbeck, this antique statement brooch is a highly collectible item which simply oozes Georgian charm. An enchanting Pinchbeck snake slithers around the huge Garnet cabochon, which features a mixture of Garnets, Paste and Emerald gems. Snakes are historically prized motifs in jewellery, with their evolving symbolism enduring over the years. We certainly think she is fit for a museum
ERA: Georgian c.1830s.
MEASUREMENTS: Brooch is 90mm long x 62mm wide.
Brooch drop is 36mm long x 23.5mm wide.
Large Garnet is 40mm tall x 45.5mm wide.
Garnet drop is 31mm long x 17mm wide.
Total Garnet carat weight is approx 204cts.
MATERIALS: Pinchbeck, large natural Garnet cabochon and smaller flat cut Garnets. We believe the smaller stones are a mixture of natural gems & Paste, although their size and mild surface wear prohibits accurate testing. The small cabochons appear to be red Paste. 3 of the eyes appear to be Paste with one natural Emerald (possibly a replacement). Small blue gems are glass or possibly a natural opaque gem.
HALLMARKS: Tests as rare Georgian Pinchbeck.
VERY GOOD-GOOD. This incredible rare Georgian Pinchbeck Garnet cabochon snake brooch is offered in very good condition for its age! The Garnet carbuncle and its matching pear-shaped drop are free from any chips or fleabites. They are both incredibly smooth and sensuous! There are some flaws in the Pinchbeck mesh commensurate with age, and the lower snake has sustained a tear in the metal. There are some flaws in the snake's delicate mesh, most notably a gap to the right of the top-most snake's head. The pear-shaped drop also has a slight ding to the back, but the front is perfect! All-in-all the condition is very good for a delicate brooch of this size and age. At almost 200 year old, it's an incredible piece for a Georgian jewellery enthusiast or museum collection.