This is a wonderful Baroque silver-gilt and turquoise hat jewel, dating to the 17th century. The impressive looking jewel is set with 45 natural turquoise gems, within a cluster formation. Each concentric section has been riveted to the piece above (similar to a coronet) giving a domed design to the jewel. These turquoises would have been imported by merchants trading with the Ottoman empire, where sky blue turquoise was the most highly prized. Greeny blue gems were suitable for the European market and so most early gems are of this colour. This jewel retains the original slide fitments on the back, along with a later pin.
OBJECT: Hat Jewel / Slide
DATE: c. 1620 - 1680 A.D.
MATERIAL: Silver-gilt with turquoise gems
SIZE: 27mm x 15mm
WEIGHT: 6.8 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. Private Collection, Penzance. Cornwall.
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