I am having a hard time letting go of this one, as antique river pearl pieces are definitely my favorite, and they are getting harder and harder to come by.
Dates to the late Art Nouveau, mid Edwardian era, circa 1905.
Crafted in solid 14K yellow gold, and hallmarked as such.
Floral design, featuring a river pearl flower within a marquis shaped frame. The flower consists of 9 river pearls - all likely from the Mississippi River delta - 8 dog’s tooth pearls as petals and one as the center of the flower. (Yes, the pearls used as petals are the very same pearls that one would find dangling at the bottom of a turn of the century lavaliere pendant.). Two more baroque pearls are post set on either side, in the middle of the gentle swirls that were likely meant to emulate the tendrils of the plant.
The brooch measures 0.48” from top to bottom, and 1.37” from side to side. This piece weighs 2.1 grams.
The back of the piece has the original top locking clasp and pin, which work perfectly.
Condition is very good, with no damages or repairs.