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Antique Diamond and Ruby Detachable Brooch – Circa 1860’s Made in France


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This item is an antique 19th-century diamond crescent moon brooch with a detachable spray of rubies and diamonds. It is made in France, circa 1860. The brooch features an elegant double-row crescent moon design adorned with 40 diamonds, all set in open-back settings. The spray of diamonds and natural rubies is attached to the reverse with a removable hinged pin and C-shape clasp brooch fitting. The diamonds consist of 76 stones, with the largest diamond measuring 4.3mm, and the largest ruby also measuring 4.3mm.

The item is in good condition, with marks and scratches consistent with its age and wear. It was purchased in the city of Mumbai from a reputable jewelry store located in the famous Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in 2017. According to the description, it is believed that this piece of jewelry was commissioned by a Maharaja to be worn as an accessory on his turban, which explains the slight curve in the spray of leaves, diamonds, and rubies to accommodate its placement.

As with all antique, period, and vintage pieces, both signed and unsigned, they are offered as worn, and any weights and quality factors mentioned have been graded as mounting permitted, using classic gemology and standard gemological equipment. The assessments related to the period of manufacture or geographic origin of gemstones are expert opinions and may differ from those provided by other professionals.

Please note that colors in the pictures/videos might slightly differ from the colors in real life. In cases where certificated stones are being offered, the certificate or report will be mentioned. For additional information or clarification, interested parties can get in touch with the in-house team of expert GIA Graduate Gemologists and Registered Appraisers/Valuers.

Furthermore, every item sold by Worth Antiques will be accompanied by a complimentary valuation, containing a detailed description, technical information, and photographic records of the item. This valuation can be used for insurance, authenticity, reference, and safekeeping purposes.

About the Item


  • Diamond Count: 76 diamonds
  • Ruby Count: 4 rubies
  • Large Ruby Diameter: 4mm
  • Large Diamond Diameter: 4.3mm
  • Brooch Size: 70mm x 33.4mm
  • Metal: Rose Gold and Silver
  • Stone: Diamond,Ruby
  • Stone Cut: Old European Cut
  • Weight: 16 g
  • Style: Neoclassical
  • Period: Late 19th Century
  • Date of Manufacture: 1860
  • Condition: Good, wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location: Jacksonville Florida


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