A particularly good example of a 1900 Edwardian horse racing diamond and enamel brooch pin dating to 1900, with diamonds of an unusually good quality and size for a brooch pin of this period. This lovely piece of racing horse jewelry was clearly handmade to order for a member of the aristocracy of the time. A conversation piece when it was made, this diamond brooch pin was a great way of displaying wealth and elitism. Racing was a newish sport and one for only the wealthiest in society. The enamelling on the brooch was no doubt made in the colours of the owners blue and yellow racing silks. The lady would have worn it in support!
the brooch has wonderful detailing, such as the creases in the enamel breeches, the yellow gold reins and bridle and the riders whip. The diamonds are fiery and white and whilst the front setting for these stones is silver the frame is 15K rose gold. The brooch still has its original safety pin and chain, along with its original box.
If you are a racehorse owner or a racing enthusiast with a love of horses this brooch is a must. Rarely have I seen a nicer one or a bigger one. It is a unique jewelry gift for someone.
Materials: 18 old cut diamonds, TCW 1,21ct, The largest stone alone being 018 ct, G - H in colour and VSI -SI in clarity
70 faceted diamonds, partly rose cut, max 1,2 mm diameter
1 blue sapphire, faceted, 0,9 mm circumference
Gold 625/000 for 15K
Size: 5,2 cm wide (3 1/2") x 1,7 cm Height (3/4")
Weight: 9,7 g
Condition: Excellent, except for a small amount of wear to the tip of of the jockey cap
When this brooch was made in the 1900s, people were living through revolutionary breakthroughs like no other generation before them. In the domains of science, new discoveries came thick and fast: Marie Curie's discovery of radioactivity for which she won a Nobel Prize in 1903. Heinrich Hertz had just discovered the electromagnetic wave, which would lead to the development of radios. In 1905 Albert Einstein came along with his famous formula and everyday life changed forever with new methods of transport and the advent of electricity. Change in this time was legion.
Despite the changes going on around them, the aristocracy and the wealthy citizens of Europe still held onto their lifestyles and to the ideals of the past for several more decades. Particularly so in England, where balls and hunting continued unabated, as if these enormous revolutions had no impact on their way of life. Horse racing, made popular by the Earl of Derby in 1870 amused the Ladies and gentlemen. None could foresee what changes the devastations of war would bring to their society and their country. Not for many years thereafter would jewelry of this class and quality be made again.