A natural pearl and diamond bow brooch from the late 19th century

This is an interesting and elaborate interpretation of the ribbon bow, a popular motif in jewellery throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.

In this case the bow is treated in a very three-dimensional, sculptural fashion and is set with cushion-shaped stones of generous proportions.

The combination of pearl and diamond was a favourite of the time, and the setting, in a laminate of  gold at the back and silver at the front, is consistent with the period.

This natural pearl and diamond bow brooch reminds us of the silver-topped-gold and diamond bow brooch, circa 1850, originally owned by the Russian Imperial family, showing above.

It was inherited by Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent (1906-1968) for whom it was a favourite piece, and she was frequently pictured wearing the jewel at many state events and on less formal occasions.

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