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GeorgianGarnet and Rock CrystalHalley's Comet Brooch

This gold brooch with black dot paste (actually rock crystal) and a garnet is an elegant and minimal rendition of the famous comet. It was made to commemorate the celestial body's 1835 appearance in the night sky.


  • Materials

    9k gold, silver, rock crystal, garnet

  • Age

    c. 1835

  • Condition


  • Size

    1" x 1/2"

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please note:Not suitable for everyday wear.

Foil-backed gemstones may be irreparably damaged if they come into contact with water. Remove your jewelry when washing your hands or showering. If moisture gets behind the stone, the foil could oxidize and darken. These jewels are extremely old, fragile objects and were not designed to be worn every day. Treat them as the museum-quality artifacts that they are.