The gold acid tests at 14k, but could be 15k or 16k. I do not have acid for those.
The exquisitely crafted brooch is set with facet-cut jet beads in a star-burst form, evenly set around the center deep dome of either crystal or perhaps rock crystal. It's interior space has a lock of gray hair. Pin back typical of the mid-1800s, but I think the clasp has been replaced at some point.
Look closely at that to see what I mean. I don't see how to open the locket, and it is not hinged so either it lifts out or its been soldered closed from backside.
But without prying on it, I suspect the front will come loose and open that way. Very good to excellent condition, no breaks to beads, and no chips or damage to the thick cover glass; no dents or damage to the gold, which is confirmed at least 14k and is yellow in color. Very light surface abrasions not really visible with naked eye. We're easy to deal with. Our fine inventory is very important.And your ranking of our performance is also very important! We wish to keep our 4.9 - 5 star ratings in all categories. We always insure our items BUT, more importantly, pack them extremely well knowing that most are not replaceable. Please remember that when leaving DSR ratings. Icon here or above to see more of our inventory, offerings and venues.
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