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John Brogden was a renowned English goldsmith noted for his ancient, Egyptian, and Renaissance revival designs. He worked in the Covent Garden area of London, first as Brogden and Garland (1826 to 1835). From 1842 to 1864 the firm at that address was listed as Watherston and Brogden and from 1864 to 1880 the location became Brogden’s alone. he exhibited at London and Paris exhibitions in 1851, 1862, 1867 and 1878. In 1867 he won a gold medal for his jewellery at the Paris International Exhibition. Along with the firm Giuliano he produced some of England’s best examples of revival-style jewellery. Brogden was noted for his superior granulation and A means of decoration, achieved by soldering very fine gold or silver wires into intricate patterns. Historically, filigree was created by applying the wires to an underlying base. As the craft evolved, the base was abandoned and the result was a lighter, airier, lacy, openwork jewelry item. The latter style was especially popular during the nineteenth centu... More work along with outstanding technical skills. Even his contemporaries, including Castellani praised his work at the 1878 International Exhibition in Paris.
This brooch is a wonderful example of his work and has been set with a One of the most valuable gemstones on earth. From the corundum family, the red variety being ruby and the blue, sapphire. With the exception of the diamond, corundum is the hardest of the gemstones on the Mohs scale scoring a 9. More, Blue is the best-known colour for this gemstone but it can be found in all colours of the spectrum. After diamond, sapphire is the hardest gemstone.
More and A precious, lustrous gemstone made of highly compressed carbon. Diamonds are one of the hardest materials known to mankind. Colours of diamonds range from colourless, yellow, orange and brown to almost black. Natural coloured (or ‘fancy’) diamonds can be extremely rare. The cut, colour, clarity and carat weight of a diamond are the criteria jewellers use... More. It is in its original case that records on the silk the gold medal that he won in Paris in 1878 and his trading address at that time, 6 Grand Hotel Buildings. Charing Cross. London. HRH Prince Leopold was a client as also recorded on the silk. He was the eighth child and youngest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. He had haemophilia which contributed to his early death following a fall at the age of 30.
A rare brooch in its original case