Victorian 15k Ornate Floral Turquoise Seed Pearl Brooch
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This is a beautiful Victorian era brooch with a graceful lozenge form embellished with a delicate floral motif. The brooch is finely crafted in 15k gold; an ornate raised floral design is accentuated with eight vibrantly hued turquoise cabochons and five dainty seed pearls. This is a lovely and collectible piece of jewelry with a timeless elegance. Measures 2 1/4" x 1/4". Weighs 3.9 grams. In overall excellent condition with heavy gold patina which will polish up nicely. The pin may be a later replacement. *** Check out our Sales going on NOW ***
Occasionally you come across a piece of 15 carat gold. It is usually marked 15ct but sometimes 625. It has a gold content of 625 parts per 1000 or 62.5% gold. This WAS a British Commonwealth standard for a high carat, strongly yellow and reasonably hard gold that was used in pieces that had a lot of wear like bracelets, chains, etc but high quality gold was still required. It was discontinued in England as a gold standard in 1932 with the Commonwealth member countries soon following. SO if you do happen to find a piece of 15ct gold you can nearly be absolutely sure its made before 1932. I say nearly as nothing is absolutely certain in this world. It seems that around 1932 the USA's 14K gold standard started to predominate throughout the world. 14K gold is slightly harder than 15ct so is superior in wear characteristics.