This is one of the most fabulous strawberry pins we have ever seen. The attention to detail in the design, hand applied parts layered for dimension and the use of multi colors of gold and the two different gemstones is absolutely stunning!
The base of the pin and the rope patterned vine is 18kt. yellow gold. The top of the leaves contain well defined textured patterning that includes hand engraved accents and are comprised of 18kt. light green gold. The flower and the leaf heads at the top of the strawberries are 14kt. white gold. The strawberries are comprised of an astonishing multitude of small faceted Burmese rubies totaling an approx. 7 plus cts. The white gold flower contains 16 and the eight leaves contain 22-24 (hard to count-two leaves are under a green leaf) small diamonds for an approx. total of .75ct.
The gold is in excellent plus condition with no missing pieces, rips, dents, holes, scratches, abrasions or repairs. The pattern definition on the green leaves is superb. All solder joints appear to be the originals. The pin hinge, pin sticks and clasp are in smooth working order. The tension on the hinge is very firm with a limited lift. The double pin sticks are uneven from usage as this double style was used on furs or coats that were solid fabrics. They have good points and only one has a clasp as the shorter pin stick never had a clasp.
The faceted rubies are all there and all appear to be the originals. They are an extremely well matched and a beautiful color with a subtle sparkle. The diamonds are also extremely well matched in color, very white with great sparkle. I believe them all to be there but with two of the eight leaves definitely overlapped by a large green leaf they are very difficult to get an exact count and verify.
The only gold purity mark I could find was on the backside of a green leaf and reads 18K (small space) then TH or TL? probable makers mark. Rich did several acid tests as the pin is comprised of multiple pieces and the white metal tested as a minimum of 14kt. This outstanding, high quality pin will not disappoint it's new owner! It measures 1 3/4" tall x 1 3/8" at widest point thru the strawberries.
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