I can't say enough about this highly detailed Sterling Silver Marcasite and Black Onyx Brooch. It is in the shape of an elongated diamond, and measures 1 7/8" long and varies in width from almost nothing at the tips, under 1mm, up to 5/8".
There is a sterling silver border that runs the entire outer edge of the deep Onyx stone at 1/8" around it, becoming wider at the tips where it is 2/8" to 3/8" of Sterling. On both tips the design elements are swirling lines of balls and leaves with negative spacing for drama and impact. these change to 18 -1mm Sterling Marcasites, 9 on each side. A truly beautiful design element as it gives the stone even more dimensional uplift than it even has on its own.
Our stone measures 1 2/8" long, a little over 3/8" wide and sits just under 1/8" high on the pin. (do forgive my estimates on inches, as this pin would better be measured entirely in mm.) The Onyx stone is held in on the front by square ended prongs, also of sterling.
Turning the pin over we see that it has an open back and that perhaps at some time in its life someone added glue(?) to keep it from coming out of the back. But of this fact I am not sure, I suppose only from looking at the close up photographs with you. It is not obvious from the front, and does in no way detract from the pin. If it was not done by the maker of the pin, it was done a very long time ago. The rolling thumb clasp and the pin stem are in excellent condition, and other than the glue that is mentioned, a mark in the stone, at the one tip and possibly done while cutting is visible under the extreme magnification of my camera closeup. It is not even visible to the unaided eye. However I still feel you should know about it, and is pictured in the photographs here.
I have only lightly polished this pin, in order for you to see the shine and to reveal the the sterling mark of 925 that is on the back outer edge.
Postage can be upgraded should you need it fast and not see that price listed. Just email me and I will be happy to work with you. I always combine shipping on items and refund the difference promptly. Returns are always given without question. For more information, see my "Terms of Sale" and shipping choices in the drop downs to the right. And one more item of note. All of my better jewelry, like this Brooch is kept at the bank in safety deposit boxes, so please allow an extra day for retrieval. Also don't forget Bank Holidays and Weekends. Insurance is now included in all of my newly listed items as I have started using a reputable third party insurer that also returns your postage should the item be lost or damaged when delivered. I feel the extra piece of mind, and a savings on postage to you is nice to share with you.
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