1895-1900 Chinese Sterling Silver Brooch with Pink Tourmaline


Offered for sale here is a silver Chinese brooch with a ~25 ct pink tourmaline cabochon. The cabochon was reused from something else because it has a small hole drilled through the back of it from before it was fashioned into a finger guard. Some time later, it would have been converted into a brooch.

According to the GIA, "the pink tourmalines were exported to China starting after 1892 to China because the Chinese Dowager Empress Tz'u Hsi was especially fond of the color." At that time, the San Diego County tourmaline was used for carving purposes and to fashion buttons or toggles for jackets worn by the royal court and wealthy individuals. Her death in 1908 gives a strong indicator of when the tourmalines would have entered China, especially since, "The miners became so dependent on Chinese trade that when the Chinese government collapsed in 1912, the US tourmaline trade also collapsed."

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据GIA介绍,“1892年以后,粉红色的碧玺从中国出口到中国,因为中国太后慈济慈禧特别喜欢这种颜色。”当时,圣地亚哥县电气石用于雕刻目的,还有时尚的按钮或者是由皇室和富人穿的夹克的切换。 1908年她的死亡,给出了一个强烈的指标,说明碧欧龙将进入中国,特别是因为“矿工依赖中国贸易,当中国政府在1912年崩溃时,美国电气石贸易也崩溃了”。



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