Posted 5 years ago
These two wonderful silver brooches look very similar but in fact have a number of differences.
Please excuse my descriptions: I'm not on top of the correct terms for jewellery parts and styles yet!
The green stone brooch (stone unknown) is bezel set, with a patterned ring around the bezel.
The leaves are on a single small stem with one berry between them.
It has an upright hinge and simple C catch.
It has STERLING in tiny letters stamped on the back of the frame but no other stamps.
The brown stone (chalcedony?) brooch has a prong set stone. The leaves are on individual stems and two small berries on their own stems are between the leaves. It has a flat hinge and safety clasp.
It has no stamps that I could find but tests as silver.
I love them both and have worn them alone and together.
Who made them? Some would say Instone but perhaps these are also from Shipton and Co like my blue ring. Perhaps someone else.
I'm happy to hear any comments or directions thanks friends and jewellery lovers.