Petite, yet powerful, this sweet brooch is so impressive. Worn at the collar, on a scarf, along any neckline or perhaps a pocket. Its miniature artistry is enchanting and does not go unnoticed.
Circa 1900-1910 and crafted of 14K yellow gold, this Edwardian beauty showcases a natural coral cabochon at center that is surrounded by a halo of natural pearls, 59 to be exact--all original with nary a one missing. The entire brooch measures 26.5x12.9mm (1-1/16" by 1/2") and is fitted with a brooch pin with early locking c-clasp. There is no hallmark but the gold has tested at 14K. There does appear to be a makers mark on the clasp yet so minute it is illegible. The brooch weighs 2.1 grams.
The coral cabochon is a peachy pink salmon hue. A wide oval in shape, it is set in a 14K bezel measuring 12.2x7.2mm (1/2" by 5/16"). Set in the center of an open oval surround, the bezel is attached and braced with solid wires at each side. There are 59 pearls measuring "approximately" 1.7x2.9mm. Miraculously, there are all perfectly matched in color and shape. With just slight variance, however, the number of pearls in each section varies slightly from 11 to 12 i two sections and 13 in two remaining sections. There are no pearls missing, with all sections full and complete. The color of the pearls is a mesmerizing silvery grey, with all still retaining an excellent luster and iridescence without cracks or peeling.
The coral is natural, smoothly polished and still retaining a nice sheen. Actual is a deep peachy pink salmon. When magnified, the presenting surface is very clean, without fissures or pits, nor age related chips or cracks. The back of the bezel is open with the coral's backside displaying its smooth cut and white vein at center. When magnified two minute pits can be seen at one edge.
This piece of jewelry history is in excellent condition with no damage to the coral, the pearls or the frame. The brooch pin is in good operating condition. The pin snaps into place with a definitive click into the tightly formed c-clasp. This is not a rolling lever but rather a lever moving up and down. While the lever is operational, its movement does not engage movement of a locking bar covering the clasp's opening. This does not impede the security of the c-clasp itself without the lock, so there is no need for repair as to ensure the survival of this type of locking lever. The clicking noise the pin makes when snapped tight in the clasp makes it easy to attach blindly yet securely without worry.
This delightful pin is a great addition to your jewelry wardrobe. Together, these gems of the sea are sure to please.
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