Gold, Platinum, Coral and Diamond Brooch, David Webb

Coral Information and History

Information and history of coral plus a gallery of coral used in antique and vintage brooches. Believed by classical civilizations to possess therapeutic and apotropaic powers and used as ornament since ancient times, coral was a staple of jewelry design in Victorian America.

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Lapis lazuli, turquoise and diamond brooch, Cartier

Lapis Lazuli Information and History

Information and history of lapis lazuli plus a gallery of lapis lazuli used in antique and vintage brooches and other jewellery or artifacts. Lapis Lazuli has  been mined since neolithic times. It was popular in many ancient cultures, such as the Akkadians, Assyrians, Babylonians and Ancient Egyptians.

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Ruby and diamond brooch

Rubies Information and History

Information and history of rubies plus a gallery of rubies used in antique and vintage brooches. The quality of a ruby is determined by its color, cut, and clarity, which, along with carat weight, affect its value.

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A mid Victorian silver and gold sapphire and diamond brooch

Sapphires Information and History

Information and history of sapphires plus a gallery of sapphires used in antique and vintage brooches. The sapphire is the birthstone for  September. It’s beautiful colour befits royalty so it is no wonder it was chosen as the engagement ring for Princess Diana in 1981.

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Carved emerald brooch by Cartier

Emeralds Information and History

Information and history of emeralds plus a gallery of emeralds used in antique and vintage brooches. Emeralds are the birthstone for May, however,  their beautiful colour has made them a popular gemstone for any time of the year.

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Cultured pearl and diamond brooch, Van Cleef & Arpels

Pearls Information and History

Information and history of pearls plus a gallery of pearls used in antique and vintage brooches. Natural pearls have been used for centuries both in brooches and other jewellery as well as for buttons and other dress ornaments. Natural pearls are found in the wild and very valuable due to their rarity.

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A COLORED DIAMOND AND DIAMOND BROOCH

Diamonds Information and History

Information and history of diamonds plus a gallery of diamonds used in antique and vintage brooches. Diamonds have been treasured as gemstones since their use as religious icons in ancient India. Their usage in engraving tools also dates to early human history.

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Polish eagle with a garnet body

Garnets Information and History

Information and history of garnets plus a gallery of garnets used in antique and vintage brooches. Garnet species are found in many colors including red, orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, blue, black, pink, and colorless, with reddish shades most common.

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