Scarce antique Edwardian 14k yellow gold and platinum heart shaped brooch with diamonds and pearls, signed Henry Blank & Whiteside. This exquisite piece features 12 round European cut diamonds- .50 carat approximate total carat weight and 7 creamy pink iridescent pearls. This can also be worn as a pendant, there is a bail on the back that you can slide a chain though. Very high quality construction, when held from the side you can see where the platinum and 14k gold seams meet. The piece measures 1-1/4" x 1-3/8" and weighs 7.2 grams. Hallmarked "14K" and maker marked on the fold over safety clasp. In exceptional near-mint well babied condition, looking as if it was never worn. Circa 1910-20.
About the maker: Henry Blank (a survivor of the ill fated Titanic) & Company (Newark, New Jersey) was known for its use of platinum in the early part of the 1900s during the Edwardian Brilliant Period. They were one of the foremost East Coast jewelers of their day and known for very high quality goods. Originally established in 1886 as NE Whiteside and Company. In 1899 Henry Blank (originally a supervisor with The Prudential Insurance Company)- became a junior partner to the firm- renaming it Whiteside & Blank. According to American Jewelry Manufacturers by Dorothy T. Rainwater; at the start of the twentieth century Henry Blank began his annual trips to Europe and it was on one of these trips that he was a survivor of The Titanic. In 1917 the firm officially was renamed Henry Blank & Company. Henry Blank senior passed away in 1949 and the was succeeded by his son, Henry M. Blank Jr. In 1927 the company discontinued the manufacturing of fine jewelry and segued into the field of watches exclusively.