chrysoberyl aigrette

A large aigrette – turned into brooch – of chrysoberyls set in silver (gold backing) in the form of a spray of four feathers bound together by a ribbon, Portugal, end 18th century.

An aigrette, in jewelry, is so-called because of its resemblance to the feathers and plumes on top of the head of an egret. These jewels were often meant to be worn as a turban ornament.

weight: 31.2 grams
dimensions: 9 x 4 cm.

PeriodEarly jewellery
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