This sterling silver (marked 925) pin is in the form of a fanciful bird of paradise. The striking design is simplistic and modernist with a touch of realism in the head. The pin is of cast construction and shows signs of hand work. The body of the bird is a teardrop-shaped green onyx stone, beautifully polished, and bezel-set by hand. The bird's wings and feathers are decorated with pretty engraving set off by marcasites. The bird's eye is a marcasite. This is a large pin, measuring 4 1/4" by 1 1/2" and weighing 22.7 grams. It is in excellent original condition. It probably dates from the 1970's.
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