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Exquisite Antique Edwardian Frosted Rock Crystal Pin

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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Edwardian: Pre 1920: Item # 700857

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Exquisite Antique Edwardian Frosted Rock Crystal Pin
Jewels of this type are so lovely that they're often copied now -- and even the replicas are valuable -- but here we have the real thing, around 100 years old and yet in splendid condition. Even under high magnification, few signs of surface wear are apparent except on its reverse, which has the old open C clasp indicative of great age.

The marquise-shaped stone is carved at the back in a radiant sunburst pattern, topped with a glittering diamond paste and set in an elegant frame with beaded details and accents and prongs that suggest feather fans. The dazzling white-on-white look was a great favorite in the elegant Edwardian era and into early Art Deco years. We can tell this is an early example, because of its curvy form (as opposed to Deco's straight lines) and because it predates the safety catch introduced around 1920. Also, later variations were more often made of molded camphor glass than carved crystal. Since the metalwork shows no tarnish that would indicate silver, it's probably rhodium, a hard-wearing mineral in the platinum family. The pinstem is plated, revealing hints of brass beneath, as is typical of brooches from this era. Size is 1.5 by .75 inches and provenance is a Midwestern estate.

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