C.1968 English VICTORIAN REVIVAL 9K Gold & 24CT TW Bohemian Garnet Pin, Pendant & Earrings
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AGE: Dated 1968
ITEM: From England and still nested in, what I believe to be, it's original box, here's a true VICTORIAN REVIVAL demi-parure of gold and Bohemian Garnets (aka Carbuncles or Almondine Garnets) that is going to make one lady drool with delight! The set is composed of 2 pieces, a pair of dangle earrings, a watch pin (pin with a long hook at the back) and a pendant. Currently, the pendant is attached to the pin so there is no extra ring so that the pendant can be worn - this is easily fixed by calling upon your local jeweler and ordering a pin to pendant converter.
The entire set is filled with the most beautiful dark garnet cabs aka carbuncles. The earrings are composed or two types - rounds and ovals. The pin is entirely set with ovals.
The earrings were once screwbacks of 9K gold but a professional conversion was done to pierced, posts with nuts of a higher gold content - 14K.
The brooch has a safety catch at the back to hold the pin in place as well as a lengthy hook from which to suspend the pendant OR a watch or some other drop the new owner would wish to display.
CONDITION: Excellent with no problems I can spot.
METAL CONTENT: 9K Gold pin, pendant and earrings. 14K posts with 14K nuts.
HALLMARKS: 14K on the posts/nuts. English date code on the backs of the earrings only for a London manufacture, 9K Gold. manufactured in 1968.
SIZE: Earrings measure about 2" long x 1-7/8". Brooch alone measures 1-5/8" x 1-1/8". Pendant measures 1-7/8" x 7/8".
WEIGHT: Earrings weight a combined 17.7 grams. Pin (with pendant) weights 19.4 grams.
GARNETS: In the earrings - 8mm rounds (2 carats) and 13mm x 10mm ovals (about 5-1/2 carats). In the pendant and pin, 13mm x 10mm ovals. Total gemstone weight of the set is approximately 24 CT TW.
FINAL COMMENTS: Victorian Revival jewelry of the 60s was some of the best jewelry manufactured. Unlike its Victorian counterparts, the gold used was weighty, solid and not prone to denting or breaking. While I can hear some ladies groaning that, oh well, it's only 9K gold, let me tell you, 9K wears better and longer than even 18K AND at a much lesser price! And to be honest, do my pics look like the set is of a lower carat of gold? The value of this set is not only in the garnets but in the amount of gold used in the manufacture. This set will, with care and love, last forever!
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