Antique Georgian butterfly brooch in 15-carat gold and agate, from about 1830


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Agate jewellery was popular throughout the 19th century. Delicate examples like this one from the late Georgian period are my favourites. 

Translucent stones were often set in finely beaded gold mounts, as seen here. 

Butterflies were a popular shape for brooches. (We sometimes see these set in base metal. Usually their stones and workmanship are of lesser quality, as one would expect.)

These little creatures are hard to find with uncracked stones. The slices of agate are so thin and the goldwork so fine they are almost as fragile as the butterflies they represent. 

Buying tip: hold translucent stones up to a strong light to look for cracks. 


• Handmade in 15-carat yellow gold

• Set with agates and moss agates that range from opaque to translucent 

• Approximately 3.5cm wide, 2.8cm tall

• Weight is 3.8 grams

• In excellent antique condition

• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (the antique boxes are not included)

I’d be very happy to send more information and images.

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