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Brooches395 of 884Amita Sterling Japan Broochi cant find any info on this either but it looks similar to Hantys belt buckel yes/ no
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    Posted 5 years ago

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    Hello all! I would like some help on this sweet brooch. I can see the mark of Sterling 925, but not the other right near it. Any idea? Any idea based on the design & weird way it was made? I think the Marcasites were set in it while hot? Otherwise they must be glued, but don't see any glue.

    It is partially pour-molded (lost wax cast). The center stone is set in gold - look at the weird 'prongs' underneath holding the stone in. Like a knife sliced the gold and bent it up, like a chocolate curl.

    What is that center faceted stone? It is green. In some light it looks like dark lime, and others like a 7-up bottle green. The cross-hatched gold bezel contrasts nicely. What style? I thought Nouveau -not sure.

    Thanks for any insights! I picked it up so many years ago, I forget where. Actually, I should say at what sale. I did get it in S.F. Peninsula.

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    1. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      The photos aren't clear enough to see the marks in any detail. Put a jeweler's loupe in front of your lens and focus through that for a sharper image.
    2. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 5 years ago
      Love the green stone!
    3. martika martika, 5 years ago
      I love it very much!!!
    4. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      Anyone know what the green stone is? It's a gemstone, because it's got inclusions that you can see in the pics. I'll try to get the marks, but they are not sharp to begin with. It might just be marks for sterling, which I can see, and for the gold bezel around the stone maybe?

      It's made in such an unusual manner.
    5. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      Any idea of period?
    6. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      Definitely not an Emerald.
    7. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      Thanks, Bill! The inclusions look like very fine hairs. Or like asbestos hairs!
    8. Gillian, 5 years ago
      Been looking through images of 'striations in green quartz', as well as 'rutilated quartz' (quartz with rutiles). A bit cross eyed right now, but you may find something. I saw lots of examples so difficult to pick just one.
    9. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      Thank you Gillian!
    10. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      You can see them in the 4th pic really clearly.
    11. LOUMANAL LOUMANAL, 5 years ago
      It does look like a demantoid garnet which has horsehair-like inclusions. Most common source is mines in Russia. RER
    12. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      Thank you, Lou, I'm gonna go with that. Oh my! Interesting facts found here:
    13. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 2 years ago
      Just passing through, so missed the party, but I would consider tourmaline for the stone. Some green tourmalines are 'chrome tourmalines'; these look deep red under UV light. From a gemstone site:

      Most tourmaline gemstones are naturally included and typically found with visible fractures and needle-like inclusion...

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