A very sweet antique brooch from the Victorian era, 1870-1890 circa! The lovely design is reminiscent of the etruscan revival influence with beautifully detailed twisted wire appliques and a striking scalloped 'spike' border. The eye is drawn to the fanciful central applique which is embellished with a natural emerald gemstone and two white seed pearls either side, the pearls are more than likely natural. A flower repousse decorates top and bottom of applique. The brooch has a more recent pin and revolver catch on the reverse, and it's likely the brooch may have started it's life as a Victorian button and later converted into a brooch. No stamps to brooch are evident, an XRF test indicates 16K gold, pin is metal.
A very sweet antique brooch and depending on your desired preference the brooch could be worn as pendant too - a chain could be threaded underneath pin hinge.
ERA: Victorian, c1870- 1890 or so
MATERIAL: 16K Gold (XRF tested), metal pin
GEMSTONES: One natural emerald measuring approx 2.40mm x 2.70mm (worn), and four white seed pearls measuring 1.50mm- 2.40mm more than likely natural
WEIGHT: 3.71 grams
SIZE - 2.5cm x 2cm
CONDITION: The overall condition of the antique brooch is very good. Besides normal surface wear there is no apparent damage to the gold or appliques. Consistent with age the emerald is showing signs of wear with worn facets (seen under magnification). A sweet antique treasure!
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