What a stunner this piece is! Featuring an embossed Etruscan motif, it epitomizes 1870's! The "bearded" fringe is my favorite style of fringe of this era. This fabulous brooch measures 1 7/8" in length and 1 1/2" in width. It is embellished with seed pearls and a cushion cut Ruby doublet. The original crystal covered compartment is removable and ready for your memento! The condition is very good with one piece of fringe missing. It is missing from the very end, so it is hardly noticeable. There is some patina on the back of the fringe, easily removed if desired. Jeweler tested as 14k. It appears to be 18k because it was very common for 14k gold jewelry of this era to be gilded with a higher karat gold. A hinged, collapsible pendant bale could be added by my jeweler if desired. Inquire for the cost of this alteration.