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    Posted 3 years ago

    kyratango
    (429 items)

    Bought for vintage Art Nouveau... Molded glass...

    I knew it was stone :-)

    But which one?

    The black streaks and the strong green made me think Maw Sit-Sit.

    From Bjordangemstones.blog (link in comment#1)

    Maw-sit-sit is one of the more unusual gemstones in the world, from its curious name to its variable chemical composition. It is a recent find, first identified in 1963 by the late Swiss gemologist Dr. Edward Gubelin. It was named after the village in northwestern Burma which is close to the site where it was first found. Typically maw-sit-sit is green with distinctive dark-green to black veining.

    Maw-sit-sit is considered to be a rock rather than a mineral, since it is composed of a number of different minerals, including kosmochlor (a mineral related to jadeite) and varying amounts of jadeite and albite feldspar. It is often classified as a member of the jade family but it is not really a variety of jadeite. Sometimes maw-sit-sit is called a "cousin" of jade, which seems appropriate. Maw sit sit is a rare gem related to Jade (but is NOT a jade!)

    The brooch is 4.5cm (1.3/4") wide, 3.3cm (1.1/4") high.

    Once in hand, though rather thin, the carved stone is not translucent (jade should be, not maw sit sit). I enlighted it with the strong phone torch to see if it would come through. Pics 3 and 4 show that.

    Maw sit sit is said to have been "discovered" in Burma in 1963!
    I can't believe it hadn't been mined before, being close to jadeite mining areas!!!
    So, it may only have been DESCRIBED and classified in 1963 but used BEFORE.

    The silver mount is typical handmade Arts and Crafts, with the American style leaves.
    The roll over clasp is tiny and appears to be original, so I think the brooch was made around 1920'.

    Interested in all opinions you have on this brooch, please feel free to comment :-))

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    1. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      The Wonderful World of Gemstones: Rare Maw-sit-sit
      http://bjordangemstones.blogspot.fr/2013/04/rare-maw-sit-sit.html?m=1
    2. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 3 years ago
      It's a beautiful brooch - that's all I can tell you! :-)))))
    3. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      Thank you Bonnie! Your comment and love count a lot for me :-)

      Many thanks for your early loves, Caperkid, Katherine and Thomas!
    4. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
      Beautiful stone and sure look like Jade to me . Nice buy !! xo
    5. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 3 years ago
      It certainly does seem to be that rare stone in the link, wow, Pascale, you never fail to amaze me with that eye of yours, congratulations on your great find. :)
    6. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Oh my goodness Pascale!!!......This brooch is so beautiful.....what an amazing colour!!
      There sure is a lot happening on the brooch ......leaves, grapes, vines and one flower that I can see......I love it!!
      I am thinking the same as Katherine with the stone!!
    7. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 3 years ago
      While read your comments I thought you were saying $hit ,$hit ..because it wasn't jade ...lol nice find my friend...Smiling
    8. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/andrew-smith-and-son/catalogue-id-srandr10039/lot-6b649092-204a-4b8f-a648-a56700e47bf8
      Came across and A&C dress clip set with a carved green stone plaque amongst this lot which looks like your stone with the black in it.......
    9. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      I have never heard of maw-sit=-sit, but no matter, it's a beautiful stone, in a fantastic setting.
      Such a beautiful find Pascale!
    10. bijoucaillouvintage bijoucaillouvintage, 3 years ago
      Magnifique, comme d'hab!
    11. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      Mani, thanks! Not certain it is jade, but interesting and love it too :-)

      Katherine! I'm so pleased you love it, and share my opinion on stone id :-) Thank you for your love and kind comment!

      Judy, thank you, the design is rather intricate! The stone in the link you provided above is jadeite, I think :-)

      Lol, Roycroft! Maw shit shit! Will call my new brooch this name! ;-)))) Thank you for your visit, love and funny comment, my friend :-D

      Karen, thank you so much! I heard of this stone long time ago and only saw images, the more I look at this, the more I think it is it!

      Bijou... Merci, M'dame! ;-)))

      Thomas, Hel, Jlmam, Beyemvey, Phil, Mike, Aura, Vetraio, Zilla and Marga, many thanks for your lovely visit !
    12. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      Beyemvey, Pebble, Martika and OGF, thank you for your lovely visit! :-))
    13. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      So interesting Kyra!!!
    14. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 3 years ago
      The "Green Lady" would definitely wear this! Beautiful!
    15. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      Scott, thank you for your kind comment and love!

      Vintagelamp, yes! I thought of her when I got it :-)
      Going straight on to love again Nell the "Green Lady"!
    16. davyd286, 3 years ago
      I get a German vibe from it, the mark could have been on the very edge of the rim where it rubs agains the wearer so it could be (almost) gone.
    17. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      Thank you Davyd for your input!
      Not even a remain of a mark...

      Thanks a lot to all of you, 26 lovers!
    18. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
      Pascale, simply beautiful.... Congrats on new piece.
    19. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      Thank you Kerry for your kind comment and appreciation :-)

      Many thsnks, Sean, for loving the mystery.

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