A delightful antique Victorian pique brooch pin, circa 1870s. The domed brooch has a 9K yellow gold and silver floral bouquet in the center with a circle motif around the outside. The pique pin has a concave back with a tubular and c-clasp closure. This looks splendid as a pendant suspended from a gold chain. Excellent craftsmanship.
The technique for making pique, inlaying gold and silver into shell or ivory, was brought to England by the Huguenots when they were expelled from France in the late 17th Century. Pique jewelry blossomed in the late 1800's. All original superb antique Victorian pendant necklace!
Materials: 9 Karat Yellow Gold, Sterling Silver
Gemstone: Bone, Shell
Measurements: A tough under 1.5 inches in diameter and a thickness of 8mm
Date: Circa 1870s
Condition: All the pique is present. There are a few nibbles on the back of the brooch, which are not a deterrent. An excellent antique brooch!
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Each piece has been professionally examined and verbally appraised as well as being tested by a goldsmith for metal content. Stone carat weights stated represent approximate weights which can vary. Due to the age, antique and vintage jewelry is often not perfect, and may have normal signs of surface wear, or small imperfections due to its hand-crafted rather than mass-manufactured nature. This is what makes each piece special and unique!