Posted 5 months ago
Recently, there hasn't been much to buy here where live. I saw this necklace and usually I would have shied away. The reason why I would not have bought it is the fact that someone changed it: The necklace consists of a brooch. On either side there have been three fishing lines carefully attached. Then, silver colour and blue plastic beads have been strung and a sterling clasp has been put to allow the opening and closing of the necklace. The blue beads appear like Lapis Lazuli but I am positive that they are some kind of plastic. All tough everything is well done, it is not exactly up to my taste and standard.
Now that I have explained the main negative points of this purchase, I have to say that the reason I bought it was the brooch. The brooch is rather pretty: it is marked "925" and features marcasite stones and a lovely large blue/lavender cabochon. I am not sure what the stone is but one of my guesses is chalcedony. The brooch could be easily converted back to its former form. The pin and catch mechanism is still present and in working condition.
But here comes another negative point: I have not been able to find out where and when the brooch was made. I like the brooch, and this is a good thing but I would like to get more information. I spent a good few hours searching online. The only close item I found was a brooch by Judith Jack. This brooch had the same overall design but featured an onyx cabochon. The size was close; both the Judith Jack and my brooch are about 2 1/2 inches but the setting of the cabochon in the back and the marks are different. Also, the setting of the marcasite stones showed some differences. I know that many Judith Jack designs are based on Art Deco and other older styles but they were made in the recent past.
I have been wrong many times in the past - it's a great way to learn! For this reason I am open to any suggestions about the brooch, starting from the possibility that this brooch could be from the Art Deco period (wishful thinking), a recent Chinese import (worse case scenario for me) to anything in between. My feeling is that the quality of marcasites and the overall finishing of the brooch are not of the highest standards - but it is pretty.
Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for looking:)