Vintage Retro Moderne 14k genuine blue zircon bracelet, signed Church & Company. Two tone, yellow gold links with rose gold floral stations. Three genuine blue zircons are bezel set and measure 5mm x 3mm (.73 ct each, 2.19 carat total weight). Measures 7-1/4" x 1/2" (width of floral links) x 1/4" (width of narrower links). Weighs 8.8 grams. Hallmarked "14K" on the spring ring and on the back. Also maker signed. The clarity of the stones are excellent and they have a beautiful pleasing well saturated color. In exceptional condition. Circa 1940 to 1950. Blue Zircon is the alternative birthstone (from the traditional turquoise), for the month of December. Please note- it is the natural character of genuine blue zircons in vintage pieces, to show "flea bites" or tiny abrasions that typically occur along the facet junctions. This is actually one identifying factor of natural zircon in vintage and antique jewels.
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About the maker: Church & Company- Newark, New Jersey/ Bloomfield, New Jersey. The company uses a pictorial maker mark of a church. (see additional images below). Founded in 1922 by Charles H. Church and Otto Goetzke in Newark, New Jersey. Moved to new headquarters in Bloomfield, New Jersey in 1967. Their jewelry is produced by die-striking and skilled hand finishing. All rings and jewelry are full 10k, 14k, or 18k gold, not including solder. They have always stamped their fine rings with the identification marks that federal law now requires of all manufacturers. Among the jewelry items they manufacture are ladies' colored stone rings, cultured pearl rings, earrings, bracelets, brooches and pendants; men's colored stone rings, signet rings, emblem rings, all in 10, 14, 18k gold, platinum, and palladium.
Blue zircon is a NATURALLY occurring gemstone that many people have heard of, but few have seen. Credit for the following to GIAgrams: "This is mostly because of colorless zircon’s wide use as a diamond simulant in the early 1900s. It was long ago replaced in that role by more convincing look-alikes, but its name still means “imitation” to many people. That’s unfortunate because zircon is a beautiful NATURAL colored stone with its own fair share of folklore and charm. In the Middle Ages, this gem was thought to induce sound sleep, drive away evil spirits, and promote riches, honor, and wisdom. Many scholars think the stone’s name comes from the Arabic word zarkun, meaning “cinnabar” or “vermilion.” Others believe the source is the Persian word zargun, or “gold colored.” Considering zircon’s color range, either derivation seems possible. Blue zircon was a particular favorite in Victorian times, when fine gems were often featured in English estate jewelry dating from the 1880s. Gemologist George Kunz—Tiffany’s famed gem buyer—was a notable zircon advocate. He once proposed the name “starlite” to promote the gem’s fiery nature. The name never caught on. "
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