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    Posted 2 years ago

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    This was an impulse buy, in other words I had a bit of a gamble. Looking at the original photo's of this item which weren't good, I had a feeling that the bangle might have been gold, I looked at similar bangles of that era and yes most were gold, so I took a punt.
    To cut a long story short, when I received it I had reservations, it was very tarnished and there was a faint smell of brass, so no it wasn't what I thought. I did clean it up and the colour came up a beautiful rose gold colour, which I think is rolled gold, definitely not gold as there was still that smell of brass. I tested the stones, I think the red stones are paste, but the small clear stones tested as diamond which I thought was strange.
    I would like to know your thoughts, why would they put diamonds in a brass bangle.

    Many thanks for looking.

    Mystery Solved


    1. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 2 years ago
      Likely they are not diamonds. Having said that, I had a silver ring with the same kind of stones as your bracelet. My jeweler examined the ring and said the diamonds had very little worth because they were of an inferior quality - made from the discards of higher quality diamonds. Let your jeweler look at the stones, so you can be sure if they are or aren't diamonds.
    2. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 2 years ago
      Hi Bonnie, the diamonds are small so therefore I would be in agreement with your jeweller. They are definitely not glass, the only other thing I could think of is paste. Paste would probably cost more than diamonds, so in this case diamonds were probably the cheaper option. Thanks for your help Bonnie.
    3. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 2 years ago
      You're so welcome! :-))))
    4. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 2 years ago
      It is a gorgeous bangle Jean, I love that style!
    5. IVAN49 IVAN49, 2 years ago
      Bead setting well done. Most probably natural stones, both rubies and diamonds of this size and cut are not too valuable. As for the metal, electronic testing is possible (without deep filing for reliable acid testing).
    6. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 2 years ago
      Thank you Judy.
    7. antiquerose antiquerose, 2 years ago
      I LOVE this !!!!!
    8. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 2 years ago
      Hi IVAN, yes that is what I was thinking, this bangle is very well constructed that was why I bidded on it. I don't think the red stones are rubies, they could be Garnets. I don't think it's worth the hassle of having the metal tested I'm 99.9 percent sure that it is brass which as a gold plate. As always thanks IVAN for your valueable information, it's much appreciated.
    9. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 2 years ago
      Thank you antiquerose, I really appreciate you passing by.
    10. IVAN49 IVAN49, 2 years ago
      Rubies of this size, cut and color are not very valuable. I bought dozens from a retired jeweler.

      Yes, the bracelet is really well made. Pay attention to the back of stone settings. The jeweler engraved stars - not even supposed to be seen.
    11. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 2 years ago
      Hi IVAN I did test the red stones on my tester and definitely not Rubies. I never noticed the stars at back, when cleaning the back there was green tarnish so presumed it was brass, the bracelet itself is brass, I wonder if it would be worth testing the area were the stones are?
    12. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 2 years ago
      Many thanks


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