Georgian/Victorian Sterling Paste Diamond En Tremblant Bodice Ornament (Antique)
It’s all about the candlelight. Well, it is when you’re talking about jewelry known as en tremblant (French for “to tremble”). When you’re talking pre-electricity and fine dining, it’s all about the candlelight. And the way your jewelry sparkles in said light. You know what’s really eye-catching in candlelight? Diamonds. You know what’s even more eye-catching in candlelight than diamonds? Diamonds that are moving. We’re not sure who to thank for the idea, but someone during Georgian times figured out that diamond bodice ornaments and brooches that moved were twinkle parties. Our En Tremblant Bodice Ornament is made from sterling silver and paste stones, which were a brilliant (pun intended) new technology at that point in history and highly revered, often costing more than their real/natural counterparts.
What We Love About It:
Besides the fact that it comes with its own velvet-lined “casket” (a fancy word for fitted jewelry box), we love the elegant en tremblant design that transcends time. This piece is just as beautiful on a wool coat’s lapel as it would have been on the bodice of a fancy gown (and it could still be lovely there, as well). The paste stones catch the light in a way that some diamonds would envy.
The brooch/bodice ornament is crafted in sterling silver with diamond-stimulant foil backed paste stones. The motif is floral and encompasses a base in the shape of a flower with stones of varying sizes, and finishes in three dangling “legs” also holding various sized paste stones. The brooch is secured by a simple primitive pin stem to the back and also by a “safety chain” pin that was likely added later. It weighs in at 13.66g and is 85mm top to bottom and 24mm at its widest point.
There’s no need to have endless dinner parties to enjoy this lovely piece. Wear it on a dress, on your winter coat’s lapel or on the waist of your wedding gown. It will catch the light and everyone’s eye no matter where it goes.