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Silver208 of 217Sterling Silver Ring with Stone Inlay - MexicoSterling Ring Made in Mexico
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    Posted 4 years ago

    freiheit
    (1225 items)

    This brooch is another mystery: The carved lacquer part certainly reminds me of Chinese pieces but the setting doesn't quite match - or does it? The silver setting (it reminds me of European, early to close to mid 1900's pieces) consists of lovely rosebuds and marcasite accents. The only mark I can see is "Silver" just past the 12 o'clock position in the second photo.

    Any help of comments are greatly appreciated.

    Thanks for looking:)

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    Comments

    1. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 years ago
      Superb Quality and super cool !~
    2. freiheit freiheit, 4 years ago
      Thanks so much for your wonderful comment, PhilDMorris:)
    3. Gillian, 4 years ago
      "In the Chinese culture, the chrysanthemum signifies a life of ease. Buddhists are fond of using this flower as offerings on alters. Symbolic of powerful Yang energy, this flower is an attractant of good luck in the home."

      I don't think the flowers around the border of the brooch are chrysanthemums - but I do think it's possible that they 'got together' in some way. I expect the centre is some kind of resin.
    4. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 4 years ago
      Lovely piece!
    5. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      It's wonderful! Reminds me of pretty carved celluloid.
    6. Tigra, 4 years ago
      It reminds me of necklace with lapis lazuli and gold by Frank Gardner Hale.
    7. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 4 years ago
      I thought lapis also when I first saw this lovely piece.
      I love the detail on the border...
      Alot went into making this beautiful brooch!
    8. pebble pebble, 4 years ago
      The carved bit does remind me of carved cinnabar but blue instead of red! I wonder if it was originally in that setting.
    9. freiheit freiheit, 4 years ago
      Oh my dear, I have not checked this post for a while. Thanks to all of you for your comments and help! Gillian, thanks so much for your insight. I learned something very interesting about the meaning/symbolism. After checking the brooch again, I think that your are correct about the center part being resin:)
    10. freiheit freiheit, 4 years ago
      Pepple, I was thinking, too, that the setting doesn't quite match - not in a physical was because it fits snugly together - but in a stylistic way. Similar pieces were not set in silver, and if they were, the style was different, mostly some kind of filigree. I found a ring setting almost identical to my brooch but the stone was missing. I will keep searching online for more information:)
    11. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 4 years ago
      I thought Lapis too! It's very pretty...
    12. freiheit freiheit, 4 years ago
      Tigra, thanks for your comment too! He created some wonderful piece! looking at his designs, I could see that my setting may be from the same time period like his:)
    13. freiheit freiheit, 4 years ago
      Shareurpassion, me too. When I first looked at images I thought it could be lapis but the material seems to light for lapis lazuli:(
      Thanks for your comment.
    14. freiheit freiheit, 4 years ago
      Many thanks to all of you:
      shareurpassion,
      pebble,
      aura,
      Ms.CrystalShip,
      Efesgirl,
      Tigra,
      valentino97,
      Mrstyndall,
      kyratango,
      TassieDevil,
      fortapache,
      racer4four,
      vetraio50,
      Newfld, and
      Hel1:)
    15. freiheit freiheit, 4 years ago
      Many thanks to all of you:
      shareurpassion,
      pebble,
      aura,
      Ms.CrystalShip,
      Efesgirl,
      Tigra,
      valentino97,
      Mrstyndall,
      kyratango,
      TassieDevil,
      fortapache,
      racer4four,
      vetraio50,
      Newfld, and
      Hel1:)
    16. freiheit freiheit, 4 years ago
      Mary, I am sorry I missed your comment. You are right about the celluloid. I have a celluloid brooch but I think the finishing in my blue one is much better and more detailed. Here is my celluloid brooch: https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/82686-my-bargain-find

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