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Luscious Art Deco Brooch of Golden Scallop Shells and Rose Quartz

Luscious Art Deco Brooch of Golden Scallop Shells and Rose Quartz

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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Deco: Pre 1930: Item # 1321345
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Just in from a Colorado estate, this antique brooch couldn't be a more timely find, since rose quartz has been declared the "it" color for 2016. Personally, I find that shade of pink ravishing, no matter what style mavens may say at the moment, and it certainly flatters every complexion.

The quality of this jewel is ravishing, too. It has a nice heft (10.8 grams, 54.5 ct) and measures about 2" x 3/4" -- of which the large, highly domed gem, bezel-set with fine beading, comprises 7/8" x 1/2". We can't find any loss of finish to persuade us that the metal is plated, so it may well be unmarked gold. Both 9-10k and gold-filled pieces generally test the same, so we don't like scarring jewels with files and test acids, in hope that they'll test at 14k or higher. Whether gold or gold-filled, this beauty will wear like a champ, because the gold-fill process applies such a heavy sandwich of gold around the underlying metal that it's terrifically hard to erode.

Besides styling it in the usual ways, you could enjoy this a marvelous barette or accent on a purse, hatband or headband.

There's no charge for U.S. shipping (with an equivalent discount on international delivery) and beautiful gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!