Antique Victorian Gold Filled Banded Agate Brooch, Oval, Beveled, Large, Natural Stone, Semi-Precious, Rope Edge, Lovely! #c108
I present today this marvelous Victorian banded agate brooch!
This lovely antique brooch features a large oval banded agate stone that has been set into a gold-filled bezel setting. The setting around the stone has a rope edging detail and it is open back, allowing maximum light through to highlight the fabulous stone. The stone has a beveled edge and it exhibits glorious bands of black, brown, white and caramel colors. The brooch has an old style c catch clasp and a tube hinge pin back. The pin extends beyond the brooch, which was typical of mid-1800's jewelry construction. It is superb!
The brooch measures about 1 9/16 inches long, 1 7/16 inches wide and weighs 12.4 grams. The piece is unsigned, which is typical of the period, but it tested as 8K yellow gold on a Tri Electronics gold and silver tester.
These wonderful agate brooches were popular in the mid-1800's and were influenced by Queen Victoria's trips to Scotland. Mary Lincoln was very fond of her agate brooches and frequently wore them, which' has been captured in many pictures of her. These brooches are fantastic pieces of history and make great additions to antique jewelry collections! The brooch looks great worn on a suit lapel, but would also look stunning worn at the neckline of a pretty blouse. The brooch is in excellent vintage condition. The finish is in very nice condition and the c clasp and pin back work properly and hold securely. The only issue I could find at all with the piece is a tiny bend to the pin at the very end. It is minor and doesn't detract at all from the beauty of functionality of this exquisite brooch. It's such a marvelous find!
SIGNED: UNSIGNED. GOLD TESTED AS 8K ON A TRI ELECTRONICS GOLD AND SILVER TESTER
SIZE: APPROX 1 9/16 INCHES LONG AND 1 7/16 INCH WIDE
WEIGHT-APPROX 12.4 GRAMS
CONDITION: EXCELLENT, PRE-OWNED, ANTIQUE CONDITION. NORMAL SURFACE SCRATCHES FROM PREVIOUS USE/WEAR/STORAGE. THE VERY END OF THE PIN HAS A TINY BEND, WHICH IS MINOR AND DOESN'T DETRACT FROM THE BEAUTY OF FUNCTIONALITY OF THE PIECE. IT'S BEAUTIFUL AND SHOWS VERY WELL!
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