Saturday, September 14, 2013

Mastery of Design: An English Citrine and Gold Brooch, 1850-65

Brooch of Citrine and Stamped Gold
The Victoria & Albert Museum

Citrine, a type of quartz can vary in color from the more common yellow to red, brown or orange. Of course, the stone is usually a lemony, sunshiny color—like citrus fruit, hence the name which derives from the French word, “Citron.” The main source of citrine is Brazil.

Here’s a handsome citrine brooch which dates between 1850 and 1865. The brooch is set in stamped gold and was made in England by a now unknown jeweler. 

1 comment:

Annaleisha said...

Love this post, the photos and your blog in general. I love particularly the posts on furniture.