Victorian 14 Karat Gold Brooch with DiamondVictorian 14 Karat Gold Brooch with DiamondVictorian 14 Karat Gold Brooch with Diamond

This 14 karat gold Victorian brooch is a trickster: while it appears that a removable pin is used to attach it to your clothing, that's an illusion. and there is actually a proper pin back and hooded "C" clasp on the back. The front is a scrolling ribbon form with heavily textured gold overlain with a scalloped design. At the center, surrounded by a star, is a chunky old-cut diamond.

The brooch is constructed of unmarked, but acid tested, 14 karat gold with a higher-karat bloomed gold finish. Blooming was a technique frequently used during the Victorian era in which a piece of gold jewelry was placed in an acid bath that burned off the other metals with which the gold was alloyed leaving a thin surface coating of nearly pure gold. The tiny holes left by the burned-off alloys give bloomed gold is characteristic satin finish.

It should be noted that there is quite a lot of room between the pin back and the back side of the brooch. That means that this brooch needs to be worn on a very heavy fabric or it will flop forward.

SIZE: 2-1/4" long x 1/2" high x 1/2" deep

WEIGHT: 5.7 grams

MARKS: none

AGE: late 19th century

CONDITION: very good antique condition. Some of the bloomed finish has worn off high points of the brooch, particularly on the decorative pin. The brooch has developed a lovely dark patina with age which is a warmer tone of gold than it appears on my computer screen.

ITEM ID
LK6644
ITEM SIZE
2-1/4" long
TYPE
Fine
MATERIAL
Gold
STONE
Diamond
STYLE
Victorian
ITEM TYPE
Antique
COLOR
Gold

Victorian 14 Karat Gold Brooch with Diamond

$450

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