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Ref  RU5   Imperial Pink Topaz Halley's Comet

In the early decades of the 19th century astronomers in Britain were gripped with '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's captivation with the comet was a source of inspiration for jewellers and a variety of comet jewels were made to celebrate its passing. This unusually large and substantial Georgian comet is chased gold and silver, set with a central pink topaz over rose-pink foil within a surround of rose-cut diamonds, all settings are closed backed. It is 1 and 3/4 inches long and 3/4 of an inch wide at its widest point. Very fine quality, in fitted case and immaculate.

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