Victorian era extra large 18K solid gold stamped medallion brooch/pendant with diamond and turquoise
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This is an antique and rare Victorian era 18K solid gold medallion brooch/pendant. It is large and heavy. It is very ornate and in very good vintage condition. No stones are missing, but there is small dent in the bottom of the medallion (see photos). It is located at the base, and does not impair its lovely appearance. Otherwise, the pendant shows no repair nor restoration.
Three decorated concentric circles espouse the shape of this gorgeous brooch. The first ring is composed of festoons, the second one frames the oval shape brooch with a twisted rope, and the last one shows finely etched floral and diagonal motif.
All three of these frames are there to emphasize the beauty of a raised insert composed of 16 natural turquoise beads and 16 European cut diamonds. The sparkling diamonds are set into a cross and, together with their supporting turquoise beads form the beautiful raised centerpiece for this astonishing pendant.
The turquoise beads have a very lively blue color, and the diamonds are extremely bright. This is an extraordinary piece of jewelry which borrows some of its aesthetics from the Etruscan revival movement which very much appealed to the late nineteenth century jewelry afficionados.
The reverse side shows a perfectly functioning push/pull (trombone) closure and a sturdy bail through which you can thread a nice black cord or a heavy 18-carat solid gold chain. Either way, this heavy and large piece will look smashing!
Material: 18K solid gold, old European cut diamonds, natural turquoise
Size: 5.5cmx3.5cm (2 3/16" x 1 9/16")
Period: early Victorian, Napoléon III
Style: brooch, medallion, pendant, religious motif
Provenance: an estate sale
Additional remarks: stamped with the French owl assay mark. It has also been professionally tested to be 18-carat solid gold content
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*Information on gold jewelry:
- 24K gold is pure gold. (it is not really used in jewellery because it is too soft and not practical for daily wear.)
-18K gold contains 18 parts gold and 6 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 75% gold. This level of fineness is used extensively in French and Italian jewelry and in most quality pieces)
-14K gold contains 14 parts gold and 10 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 58.3% gold. (It is used extensively in the US)
-12K gold contains 12 parts gold and 12 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 50% gold.
-10K gold contains 10 parts gold and 14 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 41.7% gold. 10K gold is the minimum standard that can be called "gold" in the United States.
Antique jewelry and rare items often contain the lower level of fineness, but their value is based on a myriad of other factors.