Presenting a early Victorian Lace Pin featuring 10K granular yellow gold with a arabesque symmetrical motif, natural Pearls and a bezel set ruby paste circa 1850s. This lovely Victorian lace pin would look perfect pinned to a lace hanky on a wedding gown or on a velvet maroon ribbon tied around the neck. This pin features a prong set ruby paste surrounded by swirls of natural Pearls completed in a 10K yellow gold setting with scrolls and leaves decorated with a granular surface. The brooch measures 1." x 1" x .325" and weights 3.4 grams and is in excellent antique condition. The piece closes securely with tube hinged pin with stop and the later addition of a early safety clasp. The brooch is in excellent antique condition with no dents or breaks. There is a small amount of verdigris on the back at the welded joints that can be seen with a magnifier. The clasp has been replaced with an early version of a safety clasp. There is a barely visible hallmark on the bottom center of pin with clasp facing towards you. It appears to be 10K for 416 Gold. JSP testing acid was used to verify the Gold content. A presidium gem tester was used to verify the gemstone. This piece was microscopically examined The construction and style of this piece date it to the early Victorian period.
The tube hinge pin with stop and stamped metal backing date this piece after 1790 which most jewelry of this size and type was formed by stamped metal. The Romantic Period 1837-1860 the themes inspired by the Renaissance and the Middle Ages were everywhere in jewelry design and motifs from nature dominated the period. Bouquets of flowers, branches, leaves, grapes and berries were conspicuously featured in jewelry. Also later in this period, after 1854, jewelry was produced in less expensive karat Gold. 9, 12 and 15 karat, were legalized to make English jewelry more competitive in the international market.
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