Antique Retro Moderne heart shaped 10k yellow gold genuine blue zircon pendant necklace signed Esemco Shiman Brothers. Gorgeous ornate open flower and leaf design and a bezel set round faceted 3.5mm x 2mm genuine blue zircon (.90 carat). Measures 1-1/2" total length including the fancy bail x 13/16", weighs 3.8 grams. Original 10k yellow gold curb link chain measures 18" long with a spring ring clasp, hallmarked "10K". Maker marked and hallmarked "10k ESEMCO" on the bail. In excellent condition, circa 1940-60. About the maker: Esemco (aka Shiman Brothers Co.) New York, New York/113-9 Astor St, Newark, NJ. Established 1902. 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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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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