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Edwardian Ruby and Diamond Pendant 18kt Gold and Platinum Brooch With Appraisal
Ready to be the Queen of Hearts? You'll slay them all wearing this regal jewel! Vines, buds, and delicate flowers burst forth in a profusion of 18kt gold and platinum, held like a bouquet in the prim grasp of a princess cut ruby. The heart trumps all, as it does in real life. Dangling beneath a diamond drop twinkles mysteriously. Is it the seed from which this beauty burst forth? Is it a tear and the heart above showing how love can conquer any sadness? If the diamond knows, it isn't telling. Instead all glitters and glows, enchanting with Art Nouveau whiplash curves transformed by the sophistication, the glamour of the ever-elegant Edwardian period. Seldom before have two distinct movements mixed so well as here. The mixtures of stone cuts, of metals, of artistic movements all are sublime. Eminently versatile, there is a brooch backing and also two loops to slide a chain through, a particularly nice feature in a wide piece like this. The construction is exquisite, the piece hand wrought, hand set, each vine, each bud is gently curved, giving it true three dimensionality and life and movement when worn, and it can be worn in oh so many ways!
Condition: Excellent antique condition. I recently had the piece cleaned (some tarnish can be attractive, but trust me there was too much) and a couple of loose stones tightened, so everything is in great condition. One of the smallest rubies, on the middle right close to where the platinum crosses over top of it, is a replacement for a missing stone. It is well matched though and blends in well with the original stones. The brooch pin wiggles a bit when it is open, but secures nicely under the c-clasp. The pear-shaped diamond dangle measures approximately (and this is very approximate because the bezel setting makes the diamond really hard to measure) 7.1mm x 4.5mm x 2.5mm and weighs approximately 0.51 cts and it is in the I-J color range and I-1 in clarity. There is a large feather under the table of the diamond, but since this is on a brooch rather than a solitaire ring, the clarity isn't as much of a concern. The rest of the diamond are small rose cut diamonds (ranging from 0.7-1.7mm in diameter) which are impossible to estimate weights with any accuracy. The rubies have a total estimated weight between 0.80-0.90cts. Measures 1 7/8" by 1 ¾" and weighs 8.6 grams. Circa 1910. Comes with a full independent, insurance-ready appraisal from a Graduate Gemologist at Laney's Diamonds and Jewelry of Williamsburg, a well-known and well-respected jewelry store for more than 30 years.
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Red/silver/gold, Size: 1 7/8"
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Elara Strand, Williamsburg, VA
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