Cherish a piece of history with this lovely vintage brooch! This piece is part of the Estate of Thomas Walter Bickett, the governor of North Carolina from 1917-1921. A native of Monroe, N.C. and a graduate of Wake Forest College (now Wake Forest University), Bickett was the fifty-fourth governor of North Carolina, serving during the turbulent years of World War I. Fashioned from 18k yellow gold and 10k yellow gold, this beautiful brooch features genuine sapphires and natural diamond accents. The face of the brooch is a beautifully detailed fern of textured 18k gold attached to a ring of polished 10k gold. A dozen rays of gleaming gold crowned with sapphires and diamonds spiral out from behind the fern. Prong-set in basket-style settings, the eight sapphires carry .55 carat total weight and a cobalt-blue hue, while the four single cut diamonds carry .08 carat total weight, SI3 - I1 clarity, and G - H color. Open ports on the backs of the rays allow light to flow freely through the gems for enhanced brilliance and sparkle. In immaculate condition, the brooch fastens from the back with a long bar and hinged clasp. A 750 stamp on the back of the fern verifies the 18k gold purity and a BRE maker?s mark identifies the designer. The 10k composition of the ring holding the clasp has been professionally tested and verified in our laboratory. A treasure from yesteryear, this elegant brooch would make a wonderful addition to a collection of vintage jewelry!
This gorgeous piece comes in it's original vintage jewelers box composed of finely crafted leather over a hard casing. The outside of the box is done in black while the inside has a nice brown coloring. There is a bit of scratching and wear at the back hinge which is common of a vintage piece.
This brooch weighs 11 grams. The piece measures 1 13/16" (45.9mm) long and 1 27/32" (46.8mm) wide.
This piece has been professionally cleaned and is ready for immediate wear!
We guarantee this piece to be 18k and 10k gold as stamped and tested. Please check out the enlarged pictures.