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I was fortunate enough this holiday season to buy a nice collection of jewelry owned originally by a woman who was a missionary in the 1930s and traveled all over the globe. She died about 4 years ago at the age of 93, and I bought these from her great niece here in Georgia.
This is a charming and precious little brooch dating back to the late 1800s. A classic Victorian motif, this "Love Knot" pin measures approximately 1" wide and tall and is worn on a diagonal.
Though unmarked, I have tested this to insure its gold content and guarantee it to test out at a minimum of 14K...it may be 16K or 18K.
The petite pin is a miniature masterpiece and a testament to the high quality of work that went into fine Victoriana. It is made of four separate loops that have been attached in the center and are intertwined to make the knot. Each loop is incredibly worked with lovely intricate flowers in an intricate floral and leaf design of raised enamel in soft baby blue and white. In the center is a small round faceted diamond that looks to be about 5 or 6 points. It is full of fire and brilliance and is set in with prongs and is open backed with a breather to allow the light through.
In excellent condition, the pin has nearly all its enamel intact...though it's not mint. I've included pictures to show the minor enamel loss. It is nothing detracting or even substantially devaluing. Otherwise, the pin is nearly perfect and original with no damage or repair and with its nice "C" clasp and lovely three dimensional effect and work. It could use a little cleaning. Take time to view the enlarged pictures. BR>
Bear with the pictures as the nice color appears a little washed out..this is from the bright light.