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    Posted 5 years ago

    martika
    (149 items)

    I bought this on ebay, like the simple design. It was listed as a glass brooch, however I think it is just in very good condition for a glass. I would expect an old faceted glass to have lots of wear, chips. I can't find any what is visible without strong magnifying glass. I was thinking it is maybe a rock crystal? Any thoughts are appreciated. By the way it has some marks, I can't read them. It looks there are some hidden inside the setting, hard to see it, because the glass (or stone) is in the way.

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    Comments

    1. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      This is beautiful, martika - Edwardian. Oooh, those marks could tell me so much....
    2. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      That is a gorgeous brooch, martika! :)
    3. martika martika, 5 years ago
      Thank you Efesgirl and Katherine for your quick luv/comment. I meant not hallmarks, but rather letters. I will try to decipher them.
    4. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      no bubbles & cold to the touch of your cheek - crystal.
    5. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      no rock crystal here.
    6. martika martika, 5 years ago
      Thank you CW folks for your info, nice comments and love tap!
      Efesgirl - I can clearly read the silver word, maybe there is something else, maybe not - it is in a very awkward place. Anyway the inside of the setting is just too tarnished.
      Celiene - it is cold, no bubbles and no scratches, only there is a couple of tiny nibbles on the edge, visible only under 20 x magnification.
      Nutsabotas6 - exactly my thoughts !!!
      PhilDMorris - I appreciate your knowledge, can you tell me why you think this? So we can learn.
    7. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      This is a stunning brooch!!
    8. martika martika, 5 years ago
      I magnified the pictures and now I can see one small bubble. So it probably will be glass. Thanks anybody for a help and luv xxx
    9. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Nice find, and sparkling crystal!
      If there is no bubbles in rock crystal, they can occur in lead crystal.
      This sparkles too much to be only faceted glass!
      :-)
    10. martika martika, 5 years ago
      Thank you TassieDevil and Kyratango for your nice comments/info! It makes sense xxx
    11. Agate1122303, 5 years ago
      The small bubble you see may not be a bubble , you get small roundish and elongated inclusions in Quartz , yes if a bubble it will be glass , have another look if it is a perfect round I would say glass , but by the look of your setting it is a band with applied prongs and I would say it is silver , and if so there is a high probability it is rock crystal , Quartz has a hardness of 9 glass is softer , of it scratches glass it is Quartz
    12. Agate1122303, 5 years ago
      Sorry I never read all comments , you have most of the info
    13. martika martika, 5 years ago
      Thank you Agate, I just like it too much, i don't want to try to scratch it or scratch something else with it :) And about the bubble, I can see one on very small in the picture. Can you have a proper look at the pictures is it a bubble or inclusion? I'm just baffled how good condition is it in, no scratches, chips, only couple of tiny flea bites.

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