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    Posted 7 years ago

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    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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    1. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 7 years ago
      This is beautiful, martika - Edwardian. Oooh, those marks could tell me so much....
    2. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 7 years ago
      That is a gorgeous brooch, martika! :)
    3. martika martika, 7 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, 7 years ago
      no bubbles & cold to the touch of your cheek - crystal.
    5. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 7 years ago
      no rock crystal here.
    6. martika martika, 7 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, 7 years ago
      This is a stunning brooch!!
    8. martika martika, 7 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, 7 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, 7 years ago
      Thank you TassieDevil and Kyratango for your nice comments/info! It makes sense xxx
    11. Agate1122303, 7 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, 7 years ago
      Sorry I never read all comments , you have most of the info
    13. martika martika, 7 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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