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In the early nineteenth century there was a passion for botanical jewels. Explorers were bringing back new specimens from far flung places and reporting their latest discoveries. This example is an enchanting late Jewellery made in the Georgian era (1714-1830). botanical brooch, made circa 1820. It consists of three flowers, one is a “forget me not” set with Turquoise is an opaque gem and is often formed in what is called matrix, a black or brown veining derived from the host rock in which the gem forms. In fine jewellery, unblemished sky blue turquoise is the ideal, although regularly patterned matrix turquoise is also sought-after. and a A natural stone is called such because it has not been subjected to any treatments. split Natural pearls are an organic gem formed inside live mollusc shells and come in all shapes and sizes. They are formed as the result of a natural irritant within the mollusc's mantle and as a defence, layers of iridescent nacre form over the top of it, creating a pearl. . This was intended to send a sweet secret message that not to forget the admire who has given this to you! The other two flowers have been set with an Amethyst is the purple variety of macrocrystalline quartz. From the Greek amethystos meaning 'a remedy against drunkedness', it was believed to prevent intoxication and ensure the wearer retains a clear head and quick wit. It was once considered as valuable as ruby, sapphire and emerald. and natural split pearls and an One of the four ‘precious’ stones. An intense, deep green is the most desirable colour for emeralds. Flaws and cloudiness (‘jardin’) are very common in emeralds, so stones are often oiled, irradiated, and dyed to improve their look. Synthetic emeralds have fewer imperfections and are hard to set apart from natural stones. Emeralds belong to the beryl... with carved white An organic gem, calcium carbonate with a trace of carotene, deposited by tiny sea creatures living in the depths of warm seas in huge colonies. It grows in branches that look like underwater trees. Coral is believed to be one of the oldest forms of gemstone jewellery, with some pieces dating back as far as 23,000 BC. petals. There are two finely chased and engraved gold leaves with a triple stem above that attaches to the three separate flowers. Similar pieces like this can be found in the Hull Grundy collection at The British Museum.
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