Encrusted with rose-cut pyrope garnets, this gorgeous butterfly brooch from the Edwardian era looks as though it could fly off! Crafted around 1910, the pyrope garnets glow in the sunlight and pop against the gilt. A cute, little unisex brooch for all ages!
Bohemian garnets came from Bohemia’s hills in Czechoslovakia and were very popular from the 1820s to 1920s with the European upper-class. Michelle Obama just recently purchased a bohemian garnet brooch during her last visit to Prague. To learn more about Bohemian garnets, read our blog post here:
The brooch is in very good to good antique condition with minor signs of wear. There are no missing garnets, and there are no significant chips or cracks. A GIA Graduate Gemologist examined the garnets, and they are all secure in the setting. The gilt alloy has a rosy color and shows typical wear, fine lines, and marks. The only issue is a small patch of lead solder on the back. As long as the back rests against cloth and not skin, this shouldn’t be a problem. The hinge and clasp are fully functional, and the piece is not marked.
The brooch measures 1-1/2″ wide and 15/16″ tall and weighs 5.94 grams. The box is for display only.
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