This is an exceptionally beautiful, fine quality Arts and Crafts brooch from the 1920s, which came to me with another I believe is also the work of George Hunt. This is so similar in finish and in structure to the other, that I believe them to be by the same hand. There is such an ethereal lightness and joy to this design, which features four heart-shaped white moonstones, alongside four apple-green cabochons of chrysoprase.
I have seen later examples of this sort of wreath brooch, however, this is exceptional in its construction and is just so beautifully executed. The brooch, very cleverly, incorporates both a square and a circle shape into its main openwork structure. The eight open-backed stones set around the circle are alternating heart-shaped moonstones and green chrysoprase stones. There is such a lightness of touch in the work. The bezel-set stones each have their own rope work detailing at the base and overall, there are many Birmingham School references. The scrolls and balls in between each stone add an extra layer of interest.
Retaining its original pin and simple C clasp, the brooch is really in excellent conditions, including all stones. This brooch could easily be worn as a pendant too. It measures approx 4cm in diameter and makes such an elegant statement when worn. I will send in a new gift box by complimentary tracked and signed post. Boxes in the images are for display only. Thank you.