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Victorian Brooch of Chalcedony Original

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Victorian brooch - This is a nice mid-Victorian era chalcedony brooch in a pot metal frame.

Chalcedony is a finely crystallized or fibrous quartz that forms rounded crusts, rinds, or stalactites in volcanic and sedimentary rocks. Chalcedony is a precious stone that occurs in many forms, colors, and shapes. Chalcedony, agates, jaspers, bloodstone, cornelian, onyx, and chrysoprase all make up the chalcedony gemstones.

Chalcedony has a waxy luster, and may be semitransparent or translucent. It can assume a wide range of colors, but those most commonly seen are white to gray, grayish-blue or a shade of brown ranging from pale to nearly black.

The Romans prized chalcedony as seals, and the Victorians carved them into an endless array of cameos and intaglios, and loved them as settings for jewelry. Chalcedony was used in Renaissance magic for health and safety. In all ages chalcedony has been the stone most used by the gem engraver, and many colored varieties are still cut and polished as ornamental stones.

This brooch measures 1 3/4" wide by 1 1/2" high, with period correct tube hinge and "c" clasp closure. Pin back does extend beyond the body of the brooch as is consistent with mid-Victorian era pieces. Frame could use a good clean, but I'll leave that up to the new owner! The stone has a translucent quality, with lovely natural variations in the white color.

Take a look at my other original Victorian brooches! http://www.etsy.com/shop/victoriansentiments?section_id=7179660

Victorian Brooch of Chalcedony Original


Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: chalcedony, pot metal
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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