Antique Edwardian ornate 10k solid yellow gold heart shaped brooch pin with hook back for lapel watch or charm. Features ivy leaves and vines, the tendrils wrap around the frame of the heart and it is accented by a single 2mm seed pearl in the center. Measures 13/16" x 3/4", weighs 1.8 grams. Hallmarked "10K" on the back on the hook. In excellent condition. Circa 1900. Originally used to hang ladies lapel watches, lockets, or your favorite goodies or trinkets. The pin has a lovely subtle satiny frosted bloomed gold finish. Charming!
"BLOOMED GOLD"- The frosted finish or satin finish of bloomed gold is the result of bathing the gold in acid. This finishing technique is typically seen on turn of the century Victorian and Edwardian jewelry, although it dates back to its original use in the mid 1800s. The recipe involved boiling the gold in a mixture of salt, water, hydrochloric (muriatic) acid, and salt petre (potassium nitrate). The process created extremely tiny scarring in the surface of the gold which left a matte finish resembling peach skin- and referred to as "bloomed-gold". The finish was also used on only portions of a piece of jewelry, creating a dramatic contrast to a highly polished background or foreground.