Antique Edwardian Art Nouveau 14k bloomed gold 2.86 carat golden citrine and pearl Three Tassel brooch pin. Measures 1-1/2" x 1" and weighs 4 grams. Bezel set oval faceted golden citrine measures 12mm x 9mm x 5mm (2.86 carat). Accented by a 2.5mm seed pearl and a 6mm long fresh water pearl that dangles from the bottom. Simple wide "C" shaped pin clasp. In excellent extremely well babied condition, circa 1900. The open nature of the gold work would make it very easy to run a chain through it and wear it as a pendant necklace.
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Gemstone variety: Citrine
Weight: 2.86 cts.
Color: 036 - medium dark Orange; strong
Clarity: VS, Eye clean 2
"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.