A charming Connemara marble brooch from the late Edwardian, early Art Deco era, c1910's! Made of sterling silver the oval-shaped brooch features Connemara marble from Ireland's rugged Atlantic coast (aka Irish gemstone!). It is said to be one of the rarest forms of marble in the world due to its limited supply, and dates back to the Precambrian era. The varied green shade has a mottled texture and is renowned for having forty shards of green. The color of the larger oval cabochon is an olive green mixed with creamy-green tones, and the surrounded crescent-shaped inlays have varied deeper and lighter mottled green tones. A shaped edge-line and lovely hand engraved surface adds further character and style to the brooch. The piece is stamped "SILVER" to the reverse, tests indicate sterling silver (925/1000). A pin and revolver clasp is attached to the back, the revolver clasp appears to be a later addition.
Connemara is a famous region in the west of Ireland. It means “Inlets for the Sea” in the Irish language and has a tremendous rugged beauty. Connemara Marble is a serpentine-rich rock, popular since ancient times as a decorative facing stone. The color and markings in the marble reflects the natural beauty of the mountains of Connemara and it is said to bring serenity to those who keep it close. Unique to Connemara region, the marble shows twisted and interlocking bands of serpentine, diopside, chlorite, and creamy white calcite, and dolomite amalgamating in various shades of light and dark green.
A wonderful piece of Irish history, and a beautiful piece of jewelry which would make a nice collar accessory!