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Vintage Sterling Silver Amethyst Leaf Brooch: A beautifully crafted brooch in sterling silver, the design features two leaves flanking a 9x7 mm. oval medium purple faceted amethyst set securely in a raised bezel. The stylized leaves are accented with curls of silver, the amethyst is accented with "raindrops" and yet more curled silver. The design origin is a hard one to call, so I am not attributing this piece. I will say it is simply stunning and well made. Unsigned and unmarked, it acid tests as sterling silver. The brooch measures 2 5/8 by 5/8".
Vintage Baroque Pearl and Sterling Silver Spray Brooch: Gorgeous vintage pearl spray brooch hand crafted in sterling silver ( unmarked and tested). The pearls are amazing, all irregular baroque shapes ranging from glowing cream to shimmering silver grey. The delicate leaves are etched which adds sparkle. The sweeping design is layered and oh so lovely! The brooch measures 2 1/2 by 1 1/4" and is unmarked and unsigned, but does acid test as sterling silver.
Antique Victorian Plainville Stock Company 14k Paste Rhinestone Brooch: This is a wonderful late Victorian brooch from Plainville Stock company. It is centered with a large rose cut paste rhinestone, extremely brilliant and set in multiple prongs. This is an unusual piece in that the bars and leaves across the top of the brooch test as 14k gold, the support bar across the back of the brooch is only gold plated. I had my personal jeweler verify my results to confirm my testing. The brooch has an old safety pin clasp which is signed PSCO for Plainville Stock Company. It measures 2 1/4". A fabulous and unusual find!
Vintage Equestrian Saddle Horse Transfer Print Porcelain Brooch: This wonderful vintage brooch features a lovely saddle horse head transfer print on porcelain. The horse has a wide blaze and a full snaffle bit bridle. I love his alert ears and expression! The setting is a lovely openwork gold plated filigree design with old style roll over clasp. There is also a fold up bale to wear the piece as a pendant. The brooch is in wonderful condition, any white on print is reflection from my LED lights. The brooch measures 1 3/8 by 1 1/2" and is unsigned.
Vintage Russian Amber Spider Bug Brooch: Although this brooch is often referred to as a spider, he only has 6 legs so we will just have to allow some artistic license! This bug is crafted from gold plated metal with a large teardrop Russian amber body and round head. There are markings above the clasp on the back, but I can't read them. I often see these pieces sold as 8k gold, but this is plated metal. A nice size at 1 3/4", he is in excellent condition. C-clasp closure holds securely. This fun critter will be a great conversation starter!
Classic HAR Double Leaf Frond Brooch: Elegant and classic signed HAR (HARGO) double leaf frond brooch in brushed gold tone metal. A dimensional piece made with the attention to detail HAR is famous for, with the center row raised slightly above the lower frond. The gold plated metal is in excellent condition and the brooch measures 3 1/4 by 1 1/2". Signed HAR(c).
Vintage Sterling Silver Baroque Pearl Brooch: These vintage silver and pearl brooches were brought back from Korea as gifts for wives and girlfriends! They are elegant and timely as is all pearl jewelry, and were so well made and designed. The swag design is crafted in sterling silver and adorned with seven large baroque shaped pearls. They have a lovely luster and orient. The brooch measures 1 3/8 by 1 1/2" and is marked SILVER. It acid tests strongly as sterling.
Vintage Juliana (D&E) Clear Rhinestone Layered Brooch: Gorgeous confirmed D&E (Juliana) clear rhinestone brooch. A layered piece, the center is stacked onto the back rhinestones for great dimension. All of the stones are prong set and quite brilliant. The silver tone setting is in excellent condition. The brooch measures 2 1/4" and is a verified piece.
Vintage Cini Sterling Gemini Heart Cornucopia Brooch Zodiac: From 1922 until 1970, Cini presented imaginative and beautifully made silver designs. This brooch from their Zodiac series features Gemini the twins. Each side of the brooch has a cornucopia spilling fruits of plenty into a heart. Twin cherubs with horns sit below the Gemini banner, the whole brooch is a heart shape. The brooch measures 1 5/8 by 1 3/8" and is signed "Sterling by Cini" (c).
Vintage Plique-a-Jour Enamel 800 Silver Filigree Flower Brooch: This exquisite vintage opening flower brooch is crafted in 800 silver and accented with plique-a-jour enamel in shades of aqua blue and green. The flower is enameled in a lovely aqua blue, each petal is delicate and life like. The leaves show more of the spun silver work, each leaf curling inward and enameled in stripes of green and aqua. The enamel is in lovely shape. The brooch is marked on the stem, but illegible. It tests as low grade silver, and of course these pieces were made in 800 silver. This lovely piece measures 2 1/4 by 7/8".
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