This is one of the most exciting pieces of jewelry I have seen in a long time. It is so striking and different. The Black Mother of Pearl flower and leaves are expertly carved in a larger design with hints of gold to add some sparkle. The MOP glows like beautiful sunset colors on an island beach. The dominant color is a rich olive / grayish green color. Either way, it is just stunning!
The brooch measures a larger 4 1/2" high and 3" wide. This could be the only piece of jewelry you'll need to wear! The back is signed OCEAN TREASURES 12/20 over STERLING indicating that it is 1/20 12K gold filled over a sterling base. The condition is excellent with no chips to the shell.
You can see the exact same brooch in the light colored Mother of Pearl on page 149 of the book, Collectible Costume Jewelry, by Cherri Simonds. This dark version is unusual and adds much more drama when worn, I think, than the lighter one.
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