A very rare find, this English Queen Anne jewels has the figure 8, female form design of two central stones set in the middle, one slightly larger than the other, surrounded by clawed down pyrite facets stones, the design extending out in a floral design on the exterior side, set in unmarked sterling metal. The cabochon central stones are actually not paste or real stones; they are cabochon enamel duck egg blue stones, which is occasionally found in jewelry of this period, but not often.
The little pin measures an inch in either direction. I’m sure it started off as an earring but as it happens with older jewelry, sometimes the mate gets lost and families have the jewel converted into something more wearable. Victorian ladies preferred smaller, pretty pins to fasten scarves around their neckline on the outside of their coats; with an early c-clasp, t-hinge closure on the reverse that was likely the time of the conversion.
The jeweler did an exceptional job in converting the earring by adding the solid sterling backing so that it would not be known that it was ever anything but a little brooch, but the size, materials and style demand that indeed it originally started off as a Georgian Queen Anne earring. Although it is a small jewel, it is still very rare, and something that I would say is more for the collector of Queen Anne jewelry, even though it is very wearable as well.
English in origin, circa 1700s, the jewel is still in very good condition with just a few of the pyrite stones put back, or possibly replaced, probably when it was changed to a pin and a small line of color observed under magnification in the smaller enamel stone that was done during the making of it and not considered a flaw. Only mentioned for complete accuracy in the description; there are no chips or cracks, the brooch is in very good to excellent condition, and was well cared for during all these centuries. Please view the photos for details.