An antique diamond set Irish jewel

Dublin, c.1860


the Celtic revivalist brooch in the form of a Bronze age Irish Fibula, with oval terminals joined by a rounded arch, with old cushion cut diamonds, set in silver and mounted on gold.

By the firm of Edmond Johnson.

5 cm across

In its original silk lined and gilded green velvet case, the lid silk stamped ‘Johnson, Grafton Street, Dublin’.




Johnson was a prominent Irish jewellery business , founded in 1760. It operated both retail and workshop divisions, occupying an imposing black and gold fronted premises on the corner of Grafton and Wicklow Streets in Dublin. They were celebrated for their interpretations of ancient Irish jewels. This diamond set example is an unusually lavish representation of fibulas that were more often produced in yellow gold.