There are a number of types of filigree wirework including different sizes of simple rope twists and braiding. The openwork sections form tri-petal flowers, which are an integral part of the design, meeting the eye on a number of levels. Castellani was famous for his re-introduction of ancient gold working techniques, in particular of the Ancient Etruscans. This is also echoed in his use of lesser gems, cameos and enamel as can be seen in the cabochon sapphires of this brooch.
This is a fabulous example of Renaissance or Medieval Revival jewelry as wearable today as it was over 150 years ago. Marks: The Castellani mirrored'C's in relief on the back. There is some very fine engraving (almost imperceptible) on the back with letters and numbers that might have been inventory numbers of the maker/previous owner. These are very difficult to see.Gold is not marked, but was acid tested to ensure metal purity. The support of the pin is original, but the pin itself appears to be a replacement. C-clasp is secure and sturdy. Sapphires are in fair shape with minor wear commensurate with age/use. Please see enlarged pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions which we will do our best to answer. INTERNATIONAL BUYERS - PLEASE NOTE. Add Me to Your Favorite Sellers. We would appreciate it if you notify us in advance, and explain the reason for the return. Please pack carefully to ensure the item reaches us in the same condition it left here and don't forget to insure and track properly. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Brooches & Pins".
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