Big, bold brooches are popping up on the best shoulders this season. If you've been looking for one that will make all the rest pale by comparison, you've found it now!
This glittering monster is absolutely astounding: 3 1/2 inches tall, more than 2 inches wide, styled with so many swirls that the exotic flower seems to be dancing and paved all over with faceted pastes in vivid colors. Shades of green, citrine and cognac appear, as well as the red-orange dominant on the petals of what looks like a tiger lily or a parrot tulip.
It's quite a heavy jewel, given its size and the pot metal setting, so it benefits greatly from the presence of an early safety clasp. That may have been added later, probably when the elongated pinstem was snipped from even greater length. If the safety is original, dating can't be before this sort was invented in 1902. I think the brooch is somewhat older, though, based on the type of hinge and pinstem -- and, for the same reason, we can rule out its being a later Victorian Revival piece.
The brooch reached us from a Minnesota estate and in lovely condition, relative to age. There are a few areas of discoloration at the back and the pin is a bit wavy, but all the many stones are intact and it takes high magnification to notice even light surface wear anywhere on the side that shows.
There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping -- with an equivalent discount on international delivery -- and gift wrap is also free if desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!