I happen to collect antique crescent moons, suns and star bursts. All of my personal pieces and moons I have sold over the years are silver. This is the first antique moon that I have had in solid gold.
The pastes are all hand cut, exactly like a diamond would have been and safely prong set. Please remember that antique paste was mixed by a bench jeweler. It was a combination of glass and lead. Lead was added so that the paste would take on a beautiful polish. These old pastes were not stamped out by machine! Long ago, gem cutters would sit and cut paste one day, sapphires the next, then rubies, quartz crystals or whatever gems he had. Then around he went.. Paste is softer on the Mohs scale so it was relatively easy for the gem cutter to work with. Diamonds were extremely high on the Mohs (hardness scale) so he would burn through or break tools even trying to cut simple 4-8 faceted stones.
The bench jeweler that made this piece took extra care that the pastes would not fall out. The smallest stones on the ends have 8 prongs. Then as the stones get larger toward the middle, they are all 6 prong set. The pastes are all foil backed and in pristine condition.
It is a nice large piece and measures 1 3/4" at its widest portion x 1/2" across. The moon weighs 6.1 grams.
The pin is straight and closes very tightly with its original open C clasp. The pastes are incredibly sparkly and as mentioned, no damage to the delicate foils have occurred. The pastes are set in individual mounts. When you look at the back of the piece, you will see how they are set on top of a decorated flower mount. The edges of the moon are hand decorated and remind me of putti wings.
The entire mount has tested professionally for 12K yellow gold.
There are no hallmarks but this is likely European in origin. It was purchased out of France.
Pristine condition with no apologies to be made.
Circa 1880, Victorian period.
An absolutely beautiful piece fit for the best (moon and star collections.) Although it is a brooch, by simply slipping a gold chain or perhaps a piece of antique ribbon through the closed portion (near where the pin hinge is, it can easily be converted to a pendant and worn as a necklace.
Questions are always welcome and encouraged. ~ Enjoy.
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