This rare estate antique 18K solid gold* pin features touches of enamel to emphasize the shape of the beautiful butterfly that has gently come to rest on a globe of malachite. The wings of the butterfly are covered with one seed pearl and two small red stones
The butterfly is suspended under another malachite piece and two beautifully carved wings that replicate the theme of the butterfly and its morphology. This 19th century piece is quite unique. The attention to detail is stunning, every single aspect of the butterfly has been delineated to give a naturalistic representation.
As was the case in nineteenth century brooches, the pin stick on the back is longer than the brooch, using a C clasp for closure. It closes very securely.
It features the weevil hallmark, a guarantee that it is made out of 18K solid gold and a maker’s mark. This hallmark also indicates that it was created between 1838 and 1864. We have dated it to the 1840s, during the time of the French July Constitutional Monarchy and the reign of Victoria.
Although this unique brooch can be considered an antique and a collector's item, its pristine condition,and is perfectly wearable. It sure will raise a lot of questions and curious glances.
Size: 5.5 x 4.2 cm (2 1/8 x 1 11/16 in)
Material: 18K solid gold*, malachite, enamel, one seed pear, 2 small tourmaline.
Period: 1840s, Victorian, Louis Philippe
Provenance: A French estate
Condition: excellent antique condition (one small ball missing in the upper left corner)
Additional remarks: stamped with the weevil mark, indicating its solid 18K gold content and dating it between 1838 and 1864.
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*Information on gold jewelry:
- 24K gold is pure gold. (it is not really used in jewellery because it is too soft and not practical for daily wear.)
-18K gold contains 18 parts gold and 6 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 75% gold. This level of fineness is used extensively in French and Italian jewelry and in most quality pieces)
-14K gold contains 14 parts gold and 10 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 58.3% gold. (It is used extensively in the US)
-12K gold contains 12 parts gold and 12 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 50% gold.
-10K gold contains 10 parts gold and 14 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 41.7% gold. 10K gold is the minimum standard that can be called "gold" in the United States.
Antique jewelry and rare items often contain the lower level of fineness, but their value is based on a myriad of other factors.
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