Absolutely breathtaking antique mid-Victorian 18k yellow gold brooch features 4.68 carats of natural vibrant yummy plum colored rhodolite garnets. This has a pendant attachment on the back so if you wish to convert it to a necklace, you can take it to your jeweler and have him easily thread a gold chain through the opening (will accommodate up to 1.8mm in width). Chain shown NOT included. The 18k gold mounting is completely hand-made with fine milgrained bead work accents and twisted rope wire and chain link borders. Features 6 pear shaped garnets, a star shaped gold center with 2.5mm seed pearl in the center and a gorgeous lustrous 14mm long fresh water pearl that dangles from a split-chain from the center. A truly beautiful presentation! The brooch measures 1-1/4" x 1" (not including the fresh water pearl at the bottom), 2" total length with the fresh water pearl, and weighs 7.3 grams. With 4.68 carats total weight of faceted pear-shaped natural rhodolite garnets are all securely bezel set and the measurements break down thus:
Two (2)- 10mm x 6mm x 3mm (1.26 carat each, 2.52 carat total) Four (4)- 8.5mm x 4.5mm x 2mm (.54 carat each, 2.16 carat total)
The piece is completely original with c shaped clasp, wide tubed hinge, and pin stem that extends 4mm beyond the c clasp. No alterations or repairs, the garnets too, are all original to the piece. All the garnets are in extremely fine condition. Typical of the majority of authentic antique Victorian jewels (particularly hand crafted pieces such as this), the piece is not gold hallmarked, but it has been carefully tested by two separate independent jewelers for karat fineness. Has been cleaned very lightly and retains most of its richly age darkened patina. In outstanding extremely well babied condition, mid-Victorian circa 1860-80. Garnet is the birthstone for the month of January. Truly delicious!
Be sure to see all three wonderful 18k rhodolite garnet mid-Victorian pieces that I recently acquired from the same estate (see the last image). Just type in "rhodolite" into the search bar of our web shops home page to see our other listings.