If this pin had a hallmark, it would probably be a maker of Faberge's league. It was obviously made by a 19th c. master craftsman. While the photos will give you an idea of the opulence of this piece of jewelry, you really have to see it to appreciate the workmanship and the quality of the materials. The pin measures 4 1/2" from end to end, and 1 1/10" at it's widest. The "sword" handle and spring-mechanism clasp on bottom are silver topped gold, and the entire piece is 14K gold, with an overall weight of 23 grams. The top of the sword is set with a 8.8 mm coral, a 7.4 X 9.4 natural seed pearl, and two small turquoise stones on the sides. There are a total of 73 diamonds ranging in size from 1 point to 5 points. I imagine there is well over 1 carat of old European cut diamonds (many have flaws that can't be seen without a loupe) that sparkle like they're on fire. The clasp at the end is amazing. It is "spring" operated, and a peg goes into a hole that has been drilled into the pin, so that you can hear it click when it's locked properly. This is a one of a kind piece, and is in excellent hand-crafted condition. It looks Russian, but it could be from anywhere in Europe. Wish I would have occasion to wear it .. but then, I'd never sell it.
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