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Ref  SR1   Comets

In the early decades of the 19th century astronomers in Britain were gripped by 'comet fever'. Halley's Comet was due to pass in November 1835, an event that occurred only once every 75 years. Halley's was the only comet visible to the naked eye from earth. The public fascination with the comet was a source of inspiration for jewellers, and a variety of comet jewellery was created to celebrate its passing. These examples are both circa 1835. The first is gold set with a foiled citrine and garnet. It is 1 and 1/8 inches long and 1/4 of an inch wide. The second is also gold set with foiled almandine garnets. It is 3/4 of an inch long and 1/3 of an inch wide. Both are immaculate.

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An 1835 illustration of the passing of the comet.

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