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Antique Georgian Sterling Silver Intaglio Brooch with Tiny Paste - Rhinestones

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    Posted 4 years ago

    glassiegirl
    (91 items)

    Last week, I previewed an auction and came across a slag glass lamp shade that I had to have. The next day when I went to attend the auction to bid, I found the shade had been cracked and damage. Someone must has dropped it. I was really dumb-founded. Determined as I was to find something, because I did not want to go home empty handed, I came across this brooch.

    The brooch is not marked, but did test positive for silver. The little stones are paste, and the center medallion that looks like abalone is intaglio glass, I do believe. Also, I do think this was produced before 1900.

    I love antique jewelry, but don't have much of a clue to know what is what. I buy what I like and worry about the rest later... As you will see the brooch has a few forgiving flaws, but is still a pretty piece for what it is.

    Any help or comments is appreciated!

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    1. Gillian, 4 years ago
      Hi, I was wondering if you thought the medallion was original to the piece? I think he looks very art deco, and the surrounding branches and stones don't seem to go with the image. What do you think?
    2. glassiegirl glassiegirl, 4 years ago
      Truthfully, I do not know if the medallion was replaced, but for me the answer is no. Roman intaglio jewelry was popular toward the end of the Victorian era if I'm not mistaken. I'm not an expert on this kind of stuff. I thought it had a good look and so I went for it. If I had to say if anything was replaced, it's the stick pin, as it is gold. Thanks, for your interest, Gillian. :)
    3. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Very pretty Georgian piece :-)
      The pin is not original, right! It may have been part of a necklace.
      Stones are garnets, citrines or topazes and jargoons :-)

      https://www.rubylane.com/item/583764-0040/Georgian-Jargoon-Zircon-Topaz-Silver-Brooch
    4. NevadaBlades, 4 years ago
      Boy, you gals sure know your stuff! I would've never known that the pin came from somewhere else, lol ! Better just stick to my knives, eh!??! [;>)))))
    5. glassiegirl glassiegirl, 4 years ago
      Thank you, Kryatango for saying the pin is pretty. Glad you think so too. :) I'm shocked that you say it's Georgian era too. WOW! That is much older than I expected. :) I agree with the possibility of being part of a necklace, and that is what it most likely was when it was first made and later broke to be repaired as a brooch. Good catch! While I have you, with the stones I was not sure if they were real and what made me think of paste was that the stones would shimmer like marcasite. The brooch was dirty before I bought it and with a good cleaning it came to back to life. Is there any hint to tell a true gemstone from paste / rhinestones by chance? Also, what are your thought with cleaning old sterling jewelry? meaning leave it as or it's okay to polish. Thanks, again for commenting. I really appreciate your expertise! :)
    6. glassiegirl glassiegirl, 4 years ago
      Maybe NB... lol If I was into collecting knives I'd probably stick myself and it would not be good. I like having fingers. lol

      It's certainly nice to be around collectors who know their stuff.
      Thanks, for stopping by, NB! :)
    7. glassiegirl glassiegirl, 4 years ago
      Thanks, to everyone who gave some LOVE too. Much appreciate :)
    8. glassiegirl glassiegirl, 4 years ago
      Kryatango, thanks for posting the link as well. Very nice listing and informative which I learned what the difference is from jargoons and paste. Really appreciate you commenting. Nice to learn something new.
    9. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 years ago
      Beautiful, glad you got this winner !
    10. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Glassie, thanks for the thanks! :-)

      Cleaning old jewelry is rather dangerous... Chemical solutions or even water can damage the often foiled stones, and anyway ruin the age patina, which is nearly impossible to reproduce!
      A gentle silver cloth rub on the reverse and a very soft tooth brush on the ornate face is better for me :-)
    11. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 4 years ago
      Our kyratango is the font of all antique jewelry wisdom, bless her! Thanks for the link and the information, kyratango! :) Beautiful brooch, love that intaglio, glassiegirl, thanks for posting. :)
    12. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
      what a fine brooch!! and stunning!!
    13. glassiegirl glassiegirl, 4 years ago
      Hi, and Thank you, Phil for compliment. I always appreciate your comments. :)
    14. glassiegirl glassiegirl, 4 years ago
      Kyra, I'm really glad you're here and very appreciative for you offering as much help as you do. I really enjoyed learning more about this brooch. Thanks, again... Can't express it enough. :)
    15. glassiegirl glassiegirl, 4 years ago
      Katherine, well said and so true. Thank you for the wonderful compliments. :)
    16. glassiegirl glassiegirl, 4 years ago
      Thank you, Sean. Very kind of you, as always! :)

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