French En Tremblant Fly Pendant or Brooch with Diamonds, Opals, Sapphires For Sale
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French En Tremblant Fly Pendant or Brooch with Diamonds, Opals, Sapphires

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"I heard a fly buzz when I died; The stillness round my form Was like the stillness in the air Between the heaves of storm" -Emily Dickinson We're not quite dead yet so let's let's celebrate! This resplendent, whimsical and oh-so-rare French Victorian en tremblant brooch in gold-over-silver celebrates nature in the form of a charismatic fly with sapphire eyes, diamond-encrusted gold wings and a body set with precious opals. The opals are fine quality with flashes of blue, green, orange and red and absolutely no crazing. The two sapphire eyes are natural and a royal blue. Both the head of the fly and its wings are created in the French "en tremblant" fashion, meaning they "tremble" or move when worn, bringing the brooch or pendant to life. But you already knew that. The smaller of the two opals measures just under 5 mm while the larger one is approximately 9.6 mm x 7.79. The little sapphire eyes are 3.4 mm each. The old-cut diamonds are tiny but eighty-five of them cover the body and wings and sparkle away in their silver mountings. All are secure; no stones are missing. While perfectly functional as a brooch, with all mechanical pieces in tight working order, this also makes an excellent necklace. Whimsical, glittering and rare, this fun and beautiful gem from the late Victorian era will be perfectly at home on the most modern lapel or neck. It's just ever so slightly eccentric which makes it perfect for a conservative work environment.

Details

  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    W 1.19 in. x D 1.09 in.W 30 mm x D 27.48 mm
  • Length
    1.09 in. (27.48 mm)
  • Weight
    7 g
  • Seller Location
    Southbury, CT
  • Reference Number
    LU158916840861
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