Antique Victorian 14K Yellow Gold, Black Enamel & Pearl Button Cover Starburst Brooch #c851
This gorgeous Victorian brooch is comprised of fine 14K yellow gold, enamel and pearl. It is a conversion piece that began life as a beautiful button cover, possibly as part of a mourning jewelry set. The brooch is round in shape with a wonderful raised, star-shaped setting in the center that holds a lovely white pearl. Exquisite chased starburst designs emanate outward from the center ending at a ring of rectangular black enameled sections. The outer edges of the face and sides of the brooch have superb etched triangular and square cut details that give the piece marvelous dimension and visual appeal. The back of the brooch still has the raised pieces used to slide it onto a button. A pinback with a safety catch has been added to the piece at some time in the past to convert it to a brooch. It's such a magnificent little gem!
The brooch measures about 11/16 inches in diameter and weighs 2.4 grams. It is unsigned, but acid tested as 14K yellow gold. The center pearl is approximately 2.5mm in size.
This brooch is a high-quality piece that once adorned the outfit of a Victorian lady or man, and is a fantastic piece of jewelry history. It would make a wonderful addition to a fine antique jewelry collection and an exceptional gift for a jewelry or button collector. It could be worn in myriad ways by either a woman or a man. The brooch is in excellent antique condition with normal surface scratches from previous use and some irregularities to the surface of the enamel sections. There are some scratches on the back of the piece from previous metal testing. It's a superb find!
SIGNED: UNSIGNED, ACID TESTED AS 14K YELLOW GOLD
SIZE: BROOCH-APPROX 11/16 INCHES IN DIAMETER AND PEARL-APPROX 2.5MM IN SIZE
WEIGHT: APPROX 2.4 GRAMS
CONDITION: EXCELLENT, PRE-OWNED, ANTIQUE CONDITION. NORMAL SURFACE SCRATCHES FROM PREVIOUS USE/WEAR/STORAGE. SOME IRREGULARITIES TO THE SURFACE OF THE BLACK ENAMEL SECTIONS AND SOME SCRATCHES ON THE BACK FROM PREVIOUS METAL TESTING. IT'S A BEAUTIFUL PIECE THAT SHOWS VERY WELL!
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