Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Mastery of Design: The Cory Diamond Spray, 1860

Lady Cory's Diamond Spray
London, 1860
The Victoria & Albert Museum

From the massive jewelry collection of Lady Cory, we see this spray ornament of brilliant-cut and rose-cut diamonds set in silver which was made around 1860 during the height of the fashion for Naturalistic jewelry.

The ornament was intended for use on the bodice or the head. The floral spray is created in three attached units, with two “tremblers” set in silver. The design represents blooming roses, rosebuds and leaves.

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