ANTIQUE GEORGIAN 14K Gold Clasp - Foil Backed, Flat Top, Garnets, Natural Pearls, Cultured Pearls
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First off, this item is subject to prior sale so please contact me before putting it into your basket so that I can make sure it is still available. Second, I don’t know if layaway is available on this item or not so again, you have to contact me to get an answer. Where’s it from? Well, one of my best sources of jewelry who has given me carte blanche to photo what I want to present to my customers.
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AGE: Late Georgian to Early Victorian
ITEM: A yellow gold clasp - 4 strand clasp - from an Antique era. With a multitude of foil backed faceted garnets to the top, the center rectangular garnet is highlighted by a border of natural pearls. And, so that the clasp would not be alone, at some time in its life, probably within the last 30 or so years, a necklet of freshwater cultured pearls was added. As you will see in the photos, the sides of the pearls have been braided so that the piece stands "dog collar like" on the throat. The pearls are strung on thread and have gold bullion ends where the pearls meet the clasp.
CONDITION: For its age, very, very nice. I see one garnet that has a dimple - one small fleck of stone missing - visible under a 10X loupe only. Everything else is perfect with the clasp working as it should.
METAL CONTENT: 14K Gold
HALLMARKS: As is the norm with very old pieces of gold, none. Metal was lightly acid tested for content and barely held at a 14K level; it is entirely possible the piece is 12K and if so, would indicate an English manufacture.
SIZE: The garnet top measures 13/16" x 11/16"; with the gold sides, measurements are 7/8" x 11/16". Complete necklace length is 14". Yes, on the small side I'm afraid.
WEIGHT: 29.4 grams
FINAL COMMENTS: Alone, the clasp would cost a pretty penny. With the extra work in the making of the necklace, well, there's a few dollars in pearls as well.
SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE so please contact me before putting in your basket.
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