From the Collection of Dame Joan Evans at
The Victoria & Albert Museum
This aigrette of silver-set chrysoberyls was designed to resemble a swirling spray with a single flower on a feathered scrolling stem. Made by an unknown jeweler in Portugal between 1750 and 1760, this aigrette is from the collection of Dame Joan Evans.
An aigrette, in jewelry, is so-called because of its resemblance to the feathers and plumes atop the head of an egret. These jewels are often meant to be worn as a turban ornament.