Well, be careful buying jewelry on the internet! Out of several pieces I've received in the past week or two, only 3 of 10 were accurately described as to gold - the 18K one is 12K; the 15K ones are 12 or 10K - on and on. Trust the seller you deal with, and be sure the items are tested. This beautiful brooch is a fine piece, but it is 12K yellow gold and not 15K as the previous owner had announced it to be. Sigh! We use MIZAR M24 and test all items before we list. We stand behind our goods and if we goof, it's not YOUR loss, but ours as we do take items back. That said, this is still a lovely antique brooch and worthy of your serious attention and admiration. It's a Victorian to Edwardian era English hair art memento or mourning brooch that no longer has hair lock in the glass-covered locket back, if it in fact was ever put to that use at all. The backing comes out relatively easily, ready to put a lock of your baby's first haircut, perhaps, or the lock of a bride and groom's hair on their wedding day - something old, something new kind of thing. A real beauty, and would easily fool you into thinking its a higher gold karat, but it is truly 12K. Deal with honest sellers!
Very good condition, with the notation that the pinback has a rough solder which might indicate an old repair. Solid, however, and not visible in the wearing, and it's a beautifully crafted and well preserved treasure that's got nowhere to go but up in value, the older it gets. Wear it with pride, you savvy investor, you! Size is just over 1" in diameter, slightly more - sorry, am in Paris and can't measure it until I get back, but it's between 1" and 1.25" diameter.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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