What I am offering today is an Art Deco (circa 1920) 14K Yellow and White Gold Filigree pin or brooch with a central diamond, made by the Frank Krementz Co.
Now we all know George Krementz and his workmanship of fine jewelry. What few people realize is; his brother Frank Krementz not only helped to run the Manufacturing of that jewelry for 38 years, but also opened his own jewelry company in New Jersey in 1910 called Frank Krementz Company. His maker's mark was a backward F attached to a forward facing K. and the top part of the backward F ran above the 14 denoting the gold content of the marked item. Both brothers specialized in using Diamonds of high quality and other gemstones that were some of the best in the business.
Your pin measures 1” long and 3/16” wide with the Milgrain Bezel Mounted Diamond being in the center of very simple yet elegant white gold filigree ovals and flourishes on either side. It is a small pin, but will look oh so lovely on a collar wing or lacy blouse.
This stone is an Old Mine Cut Diamond, approximately 3mm wide and 3mm high meaning approximately a weight of .16 Carats. The total weight of the pin is 1.26grams.
Please note: stone size is an estimation as it is a set stone. Also my calipers have not been certified as accurate and could be off (give or take) in either direction.
Turning the pin over we see the jewelry makers mark and fineness mark as stated above denoting Frank Krementz Co., and 14K Gold. It is on the top of the lever safety catch.
As noted in my one photo above, a very small and finely engraved marking is also present on the underside. It is not detected by the unaided eye and I had not seen it before taking my high resolution closeup pictures. Obviously done by a jeweler it is marked with an “A” in lower case and the number 1577-3. I can only speculate as to what it means. A customer account perhaps, as Achenbach was the last name of my husband's grandmother, to whom this belonged. The selling jewelers inventory number is another supposition one could make. I have researched it, but to no avail.
Condition: The condition of this pin is Excellent Vintage, there is one tiny nick on one side that shows up in my closeup photograph above. In reality you must search to find it with your unaided eyes. Pin and levered clasp work perfectly and hold securely. I am sure too that if a jeweler were to clean the stone for you it would shimmer even brighter than it does now, and that is already a bright and clear stone that twinkles endlessly.
Please do contact me through my shop's email if you have any questions. You may text me at the number shown in my shop contact information, however I am deaf and do not use conventional phones so if you call that number I have no way of knowing what you need.
Shipping and insurance is “free” on this purchase, and I have a liberal return policy. You can read it for yourself in the “Terms of Sale” drop down to the right of this page. Shipping may take a day longer on my fine jewelry as I do not keep it in my home. Once it has been photographed it is lovingly returned to the safety deposit box. Please keep this in mind when ordering, depending on day and time it could take 24 hours for retrieval.
FYI: a Milgrain Bezel setting is a high collar or ring completely encircling the stone and not only protects the stone but also holds it in place more securely than prongs. Milgrain or sometimes referred to as "Millgrain" literally means “a million grains” and refers to the decoration on top of the Bezel. Those very tiny bumps are called Milgrain.