There are no words to describe the beauty and charm of this antique treasure. This utterly stunning, glorious antique butterfly sets our hearts a-flutter with joy and awe !
This large, glittering, artfully designed butterfly is of simply incredible quality of the Victorian era French workmanship. It is fully hallmarked with a French eagle mark which dates it to around 1880 and confirms it is 18 karat gold. The butterfly is a tremblant piece - it is especially designed to slightly move and tremble as it is worn. It is a living, gem encrusted creature of beauty, moving and glittering with you. It came to us as a brooch with a removable brooch fitting, with a pendant function indicating that it was originally a part of a larger set of jewellery and could be fitted on other components - like a tiara !! Oh, just imagine wearing a tiara with butterflies glittering in your hair ! We are in gem heaven just thinking about it !!
As this beautiful piece was always meant to have a multiple functions we had a fine bar added to the top, matching and exactly in the style of the piece. Now this butterfly the dreams are made of can also be worn as a pendant as well as a brooch. You can easily remove the brooch fitting when you want this beauty as a pendant by simply unscrewing it - this means the butterfly will lie beautifully flat on your chest without the brooch fitting protruding and spoiling the look. It is exactly how it was meant to look on that tiara ! It gives more life to this charming creature and more possibilities for you to love and enjoy him too. He comes in a fitted box we purchased him in from Charles Packer & Co Limited, 76 Regent Street, London. This company had a jewellery store in London's prestigious Regent Street from 1880-1917. There is another, hard to read mark on the pin of the brooch which is likely a French export mark and this would explain why the box is of an English jeweller's company as well as confirm the dating on this piece.
In the style of the 1880's, the butterfly is made in silver over gold. The brooch fittings, the underside of the settings, the settings for sapphires and rubies and other main components are made in 18 karat rose gold. The diamond settings are in French 800 silver. His wings are set with shimmering rose cut diamonds and the body in beautiful old mine cut diamonds. The total estimated weight of the diamonds is 2.86 carats. Both the sapphires and rubies the butterfly is set with have been checked by an FGA qualified gemologist and are natural and untreated old mine stones. One of the rubies was most likely replaced a long time ago, but the stone is very well matched and also natural and untreated. The total estimated weight of the sapphires is 1.75 carats and 0.65 carats for the rubies. They are gorgeous gemstones, bright, intense in colour and with lovely clarity. The sapphires are cornflower blue and rubies a deep pink. The eyes of the butterfly are set with tiny cabochon cut rubies.
The butterfly is a fantastic, large size and measures 32 mm side to side and 51.18 mm north to south. As a pendant it weighs 10.8 grams while the brooch fitting an additional 3.3 grams. It is in wonderful antique condition.
We love, cherish and adore .... this wonderful, gem studded butterfly. Did you know that butterflies are a symbol of transformation. This stunning creature will remind you, in a most beautiful of ways that change is a good thing and you are special and precious, so fly high !!
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Stunning Antique French Tremblant Diamond Sapphire Ruby Butterfly Pendant Brooch
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