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English Edwardian Diamond Silver and Gold 'Halley's Comet' Brooch

Origin England
Period 19th Century
Materials Diamond, Silver, 18k Gold.
Creation Date 1860
Description An English Edwardian silver top/18 karat gold brooch with diamonds. The 'Halley's Comet' brooch is composed of bezel set rose and old mine cut diamonds. The head, or nucleus, of the comet is a classic 8 pointed star; the tail is composed of 7 diamond set knife wires extending from the nucleus. "Halley's Comet was named after Sir Edmund Halley, the royal astronomer. He formed a view that all of the sightings between 1531 and 1682 were actually one single comet, which circled the sun every 75-76 years. Halley predicted that it would return again in 1759 and, when it did, it received its name. During the Victorian era, Halley's Comet pins remained popular, due in part to the Victorians love of astronomy and celestial motifs - including shooting stars and all styles of crescent moons. When the next sighting took place in 1910, Edwardian jewellers created brooches that featured less ornate gold work and concentrated on more complex, yet streamlined, heads and tails, either laden with diamonds, sapphires and rubies..." Beth Bernstein in The Jewellery Editor.

Dimensions: 3'' length x 1-1/2'' width
Gemstones Diamond
Metals Gold, Silver
Styles / Movements Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Fine Jewelry
Dealer Reference Number BO-18439
Incollect Reference Number 260499
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