If not the most opulent little bar brooch I've ever seen, this ranks among the top candidates. At a glance, it's all purest elegance, but as you move closer, the details start to fizz. The openwork is not only like lace, but patterned in graceful shapes that are perfectly harmonious yet unpredictable. And the twin garlands flanking the gem aren't just nicely textured but utterly paved with sparkling granulation. The round, bezel-set citrine -- a joyful shade of honey-yellow -- is prettily faceted in what appears to be an old European cut.
An excellent early safety clasp is present and appears original, which dates the jewel toward the end of the bar brooch era: circa 1900. It's signed "C" within a diamond-shape on its catch -- a mark we haven't yet been able to identify -- and hallmarked 10k on its pinstem, which was shortened at some time from its dangerous original length, as usually happened after ladies gave up wearing layers of fierce underclothing.
Pictures really can't do justice to this dainty treasure, which is in superb condition, measures 2 ¼" X ¼" and weighs 2.9 grams (14.5 ct). Its price represents an extraordinary value: Elsewhere online, sellers are asking more for similar pins set with glass. Provenance is an East Coast estate and probable origin would be American, since European gold marking is usually more complicated.
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