Stunning 1960s 14K Gold, 1.72CT TW Diamond & Ruby Pin/Brooch - Bird on a Branch
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AGE: C.1960 or so
ITEM: This is such a fabulous pin that honestly, I wish I could keep it for myself! This is the type of pin that should have a better hallmark than it does because it is so deliciously beautiful! Made of yellow and white gold, the pin depicts a bird perched upon a branch. The eye of the bird has been set with a faceted ruby whereas the leaves are studded with faceted round diamonds. The "florals" of the branch are composed of a single round, a single marquise and 2 pear shaped faceted diamonds! Safety catch at the back to hold the pinstem in place.
CONDITION: Excellent with no problems I can spot!
METAL CONTENT: 14K Gold
HALLMARKS: There is one mark on the pin on the end of a leaf, to the best of my ability it is "..293 14". I believe the 293 represents the design number whereas the 14 denotes metal content. Gold has been acid tested for content.
SIZE: The pin measures 2-1/8" long x 1-5/8" wide. This is NOT a small pin - rather, when you wear, you will draw gasps of admiration of your good taste! Seriously, this is the type of pin movie stars wore in the old days!
GEMSTONES: The diamonds within the leaves number 18 and measure 1.5mm (1.5 points) each. Total weight of the leaf diamonds is .27CT TW.
The round diamond measures 4mm (25 points).
The marquise diamond measures 5mm x 2mm (20 points).
The two pear shaped diamonds measure 6mm x 4mm (50 points each) for a total weight of 1CT TW.
Total gemstone weight of the pin is therefore 1.72CT TW (plus the ruby).
To the best of my ability, color of the diamonds is G-H and clarity is VS1-2. Someone took a lot of care and time to use only the finest materials in this piece!
WEIGHT: Weighty at 17.5 grams.
FINAL COMMENTS: Pieces such as this don't come along too often. The diamonds used in the construction of the piece are nicely sized stones meant to attract attention. You'll feel like a STAR when you wear this stunner!
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