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Fine Jewelry2532 of 3216FANTASTIC LARGE MICRO MOSAIC BROOCH.Unkown Sterling Silver Flower Mid Century Modern Design Brooch or Pin
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Posted 2 years ago

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Cmg65
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A beautiful seahorse pin. No markings that I can see on the back. Appears to be a small diamond on tail and a teeny-tiny ruby eye. This was also a gift from my husband's cousin's personal collection. Anyone have any ideas as to the maker?
Edited: Today I found an 18K stamp on the inside of the back of the pin.

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  1. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    It looks similar to Carl Schon, but I would expect it to be marked. Also, I believe Schon worked in silver and yours looks like it has a gold tinting to it.

    I am sure that others have offered these-- hard to tell without a mark. Are the stones actual diamond and ruby? Quality may steer you, in your search.

    Here is a Schon bracelet that I own:

    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/29198-seahorse-bracelet-carl-schon-sterling-s?in=user

    Scott
  2. fossilhunter fossilhunter, 2 years ago
    I have a hunch this is gold and those stones are real. I have cast gold jewelry before. The color and patina of its body looks like it is right out of the cast. Then areas sanded and polished for highlights. I collect gems too. And by the pictures, I'm seeing real stones. It's hard to get good pictures of diamonds. You should take it to a reputable jeweler, even a mall one will do, and have them test the diamond. If theyre worth a *%$^ they'll do it for free. They'll also be able to tell you if it's gold or not too, but dont hold your breath...lol. Used to be a day when you had to know your stuff to work in a "jewelry store". It's just called a sales position now. Love this piece.
  3. Cmg65, 2 years ago
    I may take some photos of the underside. They do "look" like real stones to me. I am taking this and a few other pieces to a local craftsman/jeweler who has a good reputation for appraisal. My husband's elderly relative who gave it to me was pretty well-to-do and owned lots of diamond stuff. She had 3 husbands and jewelry was her passion. Thank you both for your replies.
  4. Cmg65, 2 years ago
    Edited description because I found the 18K marking on the back. Don't know how I missed it- my eyes are getting old- needed the magnifier.
  5. Luisa Luisa, 2 years ago
    Really cute pin! My guess is the gems are real; I have yet to see a costume piece with a four prong gem setting that also has a hole behind the gem to allow light through it- usually only done with the real deal.

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