We have similar Nouveau, Pearl, and Onyx items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Dylan L. Age Circa : Art Nouveau C.
Markings: Unmarked, Tested, and Guaranteed. Gram Weight : 4.8 Grams.
Metal Type: 14k Rose Gold Brooch, Base Metal Pin Stem and "C" Clasp. Main Stone Measurements/Color: Measures 1.5 mm in diameter, Lustrous white and silver hues. Accent Stone Measurements/Color: There are two sizes of the onyx; The largest is 9.9 mm long by 19.2 mm wide, The smaller measures 7.9 mm in diameter, Opaque black hue. Stone Treatment: The stone(s) appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists. Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester.Stone Cuts: Naturally Rounded and Polished Seed Pearls, Cabochon Cylindrical & Bead Faceted Cut Onyx. Item Measurements: The stick pin measures 1.25" in length and 0.75" wide. Brooch, Lapel Pin, Hat Pin, Scarf Pin, Tie Pin.
Closure Type: Pin Stem With Closing "C" Clasp. Convertible to Pendant: If desired, your local jeweler can attach a bale to this piece, so it can be worn as a pendant. This gorgeous item was handmade in the Art Nouveau era and is an example of mourning jewelry.This item features two faceted onyx stones, one of which dangles articulated from the bottom of the brooch. The front of the brooch features an applied buckle motif, into which the seed pearls are inlaid. The gold is fairly patinaed in areas, which is to be expected of an item this age. The pin stem and closing "C" clasp is composed of base metal, and is not composed of gold.
This is common in brooches, as the artisan often would use the closest brooch backing they cold find, which was frequently composed of base metal. The price of this item has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only. This was very true due to the gorgeous designs that came out of this period.This era focused on women, and the beauty of nature and the pieces were often large. Enamel was a standard material used in Art Nouveau jewelry as the period was more about the importance of the design over the materials used to create it. The Art Nouveau period happened before the start of the first World War, when mass manufacturing took over the production of many products, including some jewelry. Mourning Jewelry has been around for hundreds of years but became especially popular during the Victorian era.
When Prince Albert died in 1861, Queen Victoria went into a state of mourning for over 40 years. She would often wear Black Memorial jewelry, Jet and Onyx. With the public seeing this, it rose immensely in popularity and soon enough was a staple of the Victorian period.
Oftentimes, mourning jewelry included a relic from the deceased. Onyx is a chalcedony quartz that is mined in Brazil, India, California, and Uruguay. It usually has a fine texture and black color; however, some onyx also displays colored bands or ribbons against a black or brown background.
Red onyx is quite rare and desirable, and is also known as sardonyx. Onyx that has a deep green shade is known as Brazilian green onyx, and is very rare; it became a popular stone for sculpture and jewelry in the 1920s and 1930s.The word onyx comes from the Greek word which can be translated as nail of a finger or claw. In Greco-Roman myth, the goddess of beauty, Aphrodite, lay sleeping when Eros cut her fingernails and left the clippings scattered on the ground. Because no part of a heavenly body can die, the gods turned them into stone which later became known as onyx. Seed pearls occur naturally and are used most often as a decorative border, as tiny accents in small patterns, or in larger clusters woven together to make up an entire piece of jewelry. They are normally less than 2 mm in diameter.
They were imported from India and China and carried a hefty price tag due to this. Seed Pearl jewelry was used often for special occasions such as weddings, Mary Todd Lincoln received a seed pearl parure for Lincoln's inauguration.
The item "Antique Vintage Art Nouveau 14k Rose Gold Mourning Onyx & Seed Pearl Pin Brooch" is in sale since Sunday, October 27, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Pins, Brooches".
The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.