Antique, Victorian 18ct gold carved Coral portrait brooch
Victorian Coral brooch mounted with an oval piece of genuine coral carved into a 'portrait of a lady' mounted in a rich 18ct gold setting with a decorative engraved surround.
The Coral is a deep orange-red colour.
Most likely purchased during the Grand tour from Italy.
Interesting Facts: Romans adorned their Children in Coral to protect them from harm. Historically Coral has been a popular choice for Christening presents (early 17th century portraits of children are shown wearing a simple row of coral beads). Worn around a woman’s neck, it was a charm against sterility. Pliny tells of how coral was used to quiet tempests and ensure that the wearer would never be struck by lightning.
Measurements: 22 x 17mm
Weight: 2.5 grams
Hallmarks: none - tested as 18ct gold
Condition: Very Good
Victorian (1837 to 1901)
Product code: BR666
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