Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a 14kt. yellow gold silver topped Brooch in a magnificent crown configuration circa 1850. The piece has the characteristics of a Russian piece in style, materials and manufacture, although there are no hallmarks remaining. A wonderfully grand piece, it features 32 prong set, oval and cabochon cut moonstones ranging in size from 0.75 carats to 1.15 carats. The stones are light blue in color with adularescence or schiller. This phenomenon is described as a milky, bluish luster or glow originating from below the surface of the gemstone. The moonstone have a total weight of 27 carats (prox). For a pop of color, there are 21 bezel set, cushion cut rubies. The 21 bezel set, round natural half pearls add a dreamy texture. For sparkle, the master jeweler has added 15 rose cut diamonds, tapering in size. The back fixture has a screw mechanism which holds the brooch fixture, but could be changed to add a tiara or comb for wearing in your hair. Sadly, the tiara fixture or comb has been lost in time, but the brooch fixture remains. This exquisitely executed piece is 3-1/8" wide X 1" high, weighs 32.5 grams and is in excellent condition. It is a big, bold piece and distinctive in style.
The gold content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The piece is silver topped which might skew the gold content slightly when testing. The diamonds, rubies, and moonstones were measured for size using a standard jeweler's caliper. The diamonds were tested using a standard jeweler's diamond tester. The stones were not removed for weighing or further testing. The pearls are considered to be natural since the piece pre-dates the advent of cultured pearls.