OLD STORE STOCK! Spanish 10K Gold & Porcelain Enamel Religious Charm - Our Lady of Mount Carmel
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OLD STORE STOCK! What does this mean? Well, to a person who sells jewelry, it’s like finding the Holy Grail – store inventory that was stored for so long that it was never offered to the public. This means, in some instances, that the original card, wrapping, packaging is present as well as the original sales price. I got lucky recently and came into such a collection of old store stock that listings beginning with this blurb have not seen the light of day in 50 – 60 – 70 years. First come, first served. May I offer now……
AGE: C.1950 or so
ITEM: From Spain, here's a religious filigree, star shaped, pendant/medal of bright yellow gold and porcelain enamel. The subject matter depicted at the front is the Madonna & Child aka The Holy Virgin Mary and Infant Jesus aka Our Lady of the Scapular - Mount Carmel. The design applied was more than likely a black and white transfer and then hand painted with by hand. Reverse image is an incredible image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
CONDITION: Pristine and Brand New – well considering the piece NEVER sold in a store!
METAL CONTENT: 10K Gold
HALLMARKS: No marks on the medal. All the pertinent info is on the card attached to the metal – 10 Kilates Garantizado!
SIZE: From top of bale (NOT jump ring) to bottom measures 1-1/18"; width is 7/8".
WEIGHT: 2.1 grams
PORCELAIN ENAMEL: Vitreous enamel, also called porcelain enamel, is a material made by fusing powdered glass to a substrate by firing, usually between 750 and 850 °C (1,380 and 1,560 °F). The powder melts, flows, and then hardens to a smooth, durable vitreous coating on metal, or on glass or ceramics.
OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL: Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as patroness of the Carmelite Order. The first Carmelites were Christian hermits living on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land during the late 12th and early to mid 13th century. They built in the midst of their hermitages a chapel which they dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, whom they conceived of in chivalric terms as the "Lady of the place." Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the patron saint of Chile.
Since the 15th century, popular devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel has centered on the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel also known as the Brown Scapular, a sacramental associated with promises of Mary's special aid for the salvation of the devoted wearer. Traditionally, Mary is said to have given the Scapular to an early Carmelite named Saint Simon Stock. The liturgical feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is celebrated on 16 July.
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