18K & Silver Victorian Diamond & Ruby Bird of Paradise Pendant
A stunning early Victorian c.1840-1850 bird of paradise modelled in 18k gold & silver and set with rose cut diamonds and rubies.
The bird of paradise is a unique breed of bird with a long feathered tail, found in Papua New Guinea, Eastern Indonesia and Eastern Australia. They are known for their extravagant courting dances, as the males put on a show of display to court the females.
The earliest colour depiction of the bird of paradise is believed to be in 1546, painted by Julije Klovicín in the Farnese Hours (3rd picture in gallery). Another wonderful example is an illustration painting in 1915 by Irving Berlin to showcase the wonderful tail of the bird of paradise (2nd picture in gallery).
The brooch is set with rose cut diamonds approx. 2.52ct by spread, with 0.18ct of rubies, with a total weight of 2.70ctw.
It measures 45mm x 25mm height, and weighs 10.73 grams.
This is an exceptional collector's piece, especially for bird and animal lovers, and the brooch opens and closes well with ease.
This piece is a custom project where it has been transformed from a brooch into a wearable pendant, with two hidden bails placed behind.
Era - Victorian c.1840-1850
Materials - 18k gold and silver / Rose Cut Diamond / Ruby
Carat Weight - Diamond: 2.52ct by spread / Ruby: 0.18ct / Total weight: 2.70ctw
Measurements - 45mm x 25mm height