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Art Nouveau Charles Horner Amethyst Thistle Brooch in Sterling Silver

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Posted 5 years ago


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This is another tiny treasure. I have not cleaned it yet but it is clearly hallmarked 1912 with Charles Horner's CH mark too. I have seen a number of similar ones on ebay, but not this one. Unfortunately, it is missing an amethyst stone. The stone is wonderful - it is faceted on the top and has curved sides. I have looked around to see if I could find this shape of stone but so far no luck. Does anyone have any suggestions on where I might find this amethyst replacement? I love this little treasure - and tiny it is at about 1 1/4 inch wide.

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  1. antiquarius123 antiquarius123, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the appreciation Bellin68!
  2. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 5 years ago
    I have an idea...don't look for a replacement but you have put a long pearl or another neat long gemstone like Topaz or different :)) We do that all the time at the store! The owner asks me what kind of gemstone should go into a mounting...and I tell her..and we both agree and put one in! Its a lot of fun playing around with mounting missing the stone :)
  3. antiquarius123 antiquarius123, 5 years ago
    Great idea Lee! I have a feeling that I would never find that amethyst - so now the hunt is on for a long stone of some sort!
  4. davyd286, 5 years ago
    I would wait and see if I could purchase a damaged Horner pin inexpensively to harvest the stone. That maker is very collectible and putting in a different stone than what was intended by the maker, would hurt the value. Or you may want to try and sell it as is, there's probably someone out where looking for a damaged pin to harvest the other stone:)
  5. antiquarius123 antiquarius123, 5 years ago
    Thanks davyd for your useful suggestions and to AmberRose, mustangtony, vetraio, inky and freiheit for loves
  6. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 5 years ago
    Sorry if I gave you bad advise...I would never want to have you sell for less. Lee
  7. antiquarius123 antiquarius123, 5 years ago
    Lee - I was not trying to sell it - I love it myself and wanted to wear it. So the option of adding an alternative stone makes it wearable.
  8. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 5 years ago
    Thank you for letting me know...I felt bad that maybe I gave the wrong advise and I admire your opinion greatly :))
  9. antiquarius123 antiquarius123, 5 years ago
    I appreciate your comments Lee - you know so much about jewelry and I am just learning and it is so nice that you share your knowledge - I really appreciate it!

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