Antique Vintage Deco Retro 18k Gold Diamond Garnet Pearl HUGE 2.3" L Pin Brooch 29.1 Grams, Handmade, 2.15" W, 0.15 Ct Dia, 0.08 Ct Gar

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Seller: Top-Rated Plus Seller abeautifultimeco (15,870) 100%, Location: Fort Collins, Colorado, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 312652842651 We have similar Diamond, Garnet, and Pearl items, which would pair nicely with this piece, up for auction this week. To view in separate listings, please visit our store and search "Diamond," "Garnet," or "Pearl" under our auction items. Due to an increase in unpaid items and cancellations, we are now enforcing eBay’s “Unpaid Item” policy. Their policy states, “If you've placed a winning bid or clicked the Buy It Now button in a listing, you've committed to purchasing that item. If you don't pay for it, even if you've changed your mind, you violate the unpaid item policy.” If you choose to not pay for, or cancel, an item, we will open an unpaid item case against you and work with eBay to have your buying privileges revoked. We are a small business and it is unfair for us to suffer losses each week due to customers changing their minds or not reading the full description of an item. Before bidding, please make sure you have read through the listing, considered any shipping or import/duty charges, and are willing to pay your high bid. Thank you for your understanding! Item Description by: Cait P. The Piece Auction Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000 Age Circa: Retro C. 1940 - 1950 Markings: Unmarked, Tested, and Guaranteed Country of Origin: Unknown Brand: Unknown Gram Weight: 29.1 Grams Metal Type: 18k Yellow Gold, .900 Platinum Topped Settings Metal Melt Value: $930.00 (Value All-Inclusive Weight) Material: -- Main Stone: Diamond Main Stone Measurements/Color: 0.15 Carats, Sparkly eye clean hue Accent Stone: Garnet, Freshwater Pearl, Saltwater Akoya Pearl Accent Stone Measurements/Color: Garnet: 0.08 Carats, 1.85 mm diameter, 1.5 mm thick, Semi-translucent deep red hue Freshwater Pearl: 15.2 mm long, 12.6 mm wide, Lustrous white hue Saltwater Akoya Pearl: 2.9 mm diameter, Lustrous cream 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: Transitional Cut Diamond, Old European Cut Garnets, Naturally Off Round and Polished Freshwater Pearls, Naturally Rounded and Polished Akoya Pearls Item Measurements: The brooch measures 2.3" long, 2.15" wide, and 0.60" in depth. Closure Type: Pin Stem with Locking "C" Clasp, Swivel Standard Bale Convertible to Pendant: This piece has a swiveling standard bale so it can be worn on a necklace as a pendant. Notable Features: This pendant was handmade during the Retro period of the Art Deco era. Composed of 18k yellow gold, the pendant features a beautiful diamond, garnets, freshwater pearls, and saltwater Akoya pearls. The use of so many gorgeous stones in this piece is a classic example of the Hollywood Regency style, which rose to popularity during the Retro period. Eager to show off their wealth and style, Hollywood celebrities and socialites would adorn themselves with glamorous jewelry featuring large and precious stones. This pendant was made in the style of Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, & Tiffany designs that were influencing the Hollywood Regency style, making the viewer think of the likes of Ava Gardner, and Katherine Hepburn. The face of the brooch features a motif of a butterfly crafted out of yellow gold topped with .900 platinum to create contrast. Two large freshwater pearls form the wings of the butterfly and are white in hue, with a stunning luster that draws the eye. The head of the butterfly consists of a transitional cut diamonds, providing lovely sparkle and shimmer as light reflects off the stones facets at different angles. Serving as the eyes of the butterfly are two deep red garnets that create a beautiful pop of color in the overall design of the piece. All these stones are kept secure in platinum topped yellow gold settings. The butterfly motif itself sits atop a huge floral design made out of yellow gold and encrusted with round saltwater Akoya pearls, which are cream in hue and lustrous. To keep these stone secure, they sit in yellow gold bezel settings, the vibrancy of the gold a perfect complement to the cream pearls. Between the pearls, the yellow gold was etched by hand to give it a textured appearance and add depth to the overall design. Heavy in gold weight, the brooch is completed with a pin stem with a locking "c" clasp, allowing it to be worn on a variety of accessories. Due to the weight of the piece, it is best suited for wear on thicker fabrics such as scarves, hats, and jacket lapels. The piece also has a swiveling standard bale so it can be strung on a necklace or chain and worn as a pendant. A glamorous example of Hollywood Regency jewelry from the Retro period, this brooch would make a valuable addition to any antique jewelry collection. Don't miss your chance to preserve this piece of cultural history. Damage: Age appropriate wear. The freshwater pearls have stress lines which would have been created when they were first forming; however, this does not affect wear and the stones are completely secure. There is also some wear to the freshwater pearls, which is to be expected with pieces of this age. Tarnish on the yellow gold gives this piece an antique quality which we believe is quite lovely. *This listing is for the item only. All display boxes and/or photography props do not come with your purchase.* The History The Art Deco era is famous for being the "Gatsby" or "Roaring Twenties" era. A lot of gorgeous and timeless designs in jewelry came out of this period. Jewelry from this period was most often crafted between 1920 and 1940. Art Deco jewelry sometimes featured white gold or platinum, geometric designs, European cut diamonds, filigree, and calibre cut stones that are specifically cut to fit the design of the piece. During the Art Deco period jewelers often made jewelry upon custom order, this would often take weeks to months to completely craft by hand. Retro jewelry refers to pieces created in the 1940s and 1950s. This was a period during which jewelry designers were largely influenced by the changes stemming from World War II. These designs reflect an infusion of futuristic vision with elements inspired by preceding periods, encompassing a variety of gemstones, shapes, and materials. Materials used commonly in Retro jewelry are gold, gold alloys, and silver as the wartime put a restriction on the use of platinum. Designs can be masculine, geometric and modern, or softer, more feminine and floral. The Hollywood Regency style came into fashion during the 1930s, ushered along by the Golden Age of Hollywood. This style was heralded by bright, contrasting colors and modernization of the opulence of Baroque styles, featuring a deliberately frivolous extravagance that screamed glitz and glamour. “Big girls need big diamonds” was taken to heart, and the gorgeous Hollywood stars decked themselves appropriately, with blindingly glittering jewels to showcase their lives of luxury. Diamond is derived from the Greek word, “adamas,” which means “unbreakable.” Diamonds are extremely rare, with the earliest diamonds being discovered in India around the 4th century BC and being traded along the Silk Road; the trade route between India and China. During the latter half of the 18th century, diamonds were discovered in South Africa. Diamonds are renowned for their strength and brilliance of color and ability to reflect and disperse light. This is what gives them such a brilliant sparkle. Colors range in blue, yellow, brown, green, purple, pink, orange, and red; the less color a diamond has, the higher its grade is. Diamonds range from 1 billion to 3.5 billion years old, and because of their age and qualities, have become the symbol for love across many cultures. Transitional Cut diamonds (also known as Early Modern Cut) were popular during the Art Deco era. A descendant of the Old European cut and precursor to the Modern Brilliant Cut, Transitional cut diamonds feature a larger table and smaller culet than European cut diamonds, but unlike Modern Brilliant Cuts, the girdles of Transitional Cut diamonds are not faceted. No two are alike since they were faceted by hand and feature a wide range of proportions, angles, and facets. Because transitional diamonds were only cut between 1920 and 1940, relatively few were produced, and they demand a premium value due to their vintage appeal. Freshwater pearls are a special type of pearl that are created by freshwater mussels and have been used in jewelry as far back as Medieval times. The largest source for natural freshwater pearls at that time was the Holarctic Freshwater Pearl Mussel, which was native to Scotland. This species is now endangered, and most freshwater pearls must be cultured. Unlike cultured saltwater pearls, freshwater pearls are not bead-nucleated and are therefore typically less round. Instead of using a bead, a small square of mantle tissue is cut from a donor mussel's inner lining and inserted into the lining of the harvesting mussel to instigate pearl formation. The unique harvesting technique makes freshwater pearls purely composed of nacre. These pearls are valued for their whimsical shapes and wide range of colors. The unique character of freshwater pearls is found in their distinctive texture and the warmth of their luster. Akoya saltwater pearls are cultured from the Akoya oyster and can be found primarily in Japan and China. They are known for their beautiful round shape and exquisite luster that sets them apart from many other types of pearls. They are usually white or cream in color but can have rose or silver undertones. During the Art Deco era, Akoya pearls were rare, expensive to own, and reserved for the richest of the rich. Garnets are a type of silicate mineral that have a long history of use, dating back as far as the Bronze Age where they were used in jewelry and as an abrasive. Historically, this stone has also been known as “carbuncle” and its modern name, garnet, is derived from the Latin granatus meaning “seed,” which is thought to be a reference to pomegranates. Found in almost any color imaginable, these stones are most commonly red in hue, with blue being the rarest variety and deep red the most prized. Throughout history these beautiful stones have been worn by the wealthy elite, ranging from the pharaohs of Egypt to the European nobility of the Middle ages. Today garnet continues to be a popular stone for use in jewelry, with the deepest red varieties being especially valuable and sought after. Domestic US: All items ship within one business day of receiving payment. Buyers will have 3 base shipping options to choose from, depending on the needed speed of delivery. Pricing on single and multi-purchase transactions can be seen below:Auction Items: Base shipping + $1.00 per additional gold item & BIN items combine for freeBIN Items: FREEBase Shipping: USPS First Class: $8.00 fully insured, estimated 3-5 business days USPS Priority Mail: $12.00 fully insured, estimated 2-3 business days USPS Priority Express: $25.00 fully insured, overnight deliveryInternational: All packages are sent via USPS and pricing is based on buyer location. Each customer will receive a revised invoice at the close of the auction with an updated shipping rate. We will combine shipping on multiple purchases for free. We do not undervalue packages for customs, please do not ask us to do so. What you pay is what we will claim on your customs form. Please take this into consideration before placing your bid. PayPal only. After 4 days of non-payment, an automated unpaid item case will be opened by our eBay system. If you need extra time for payment, please contact us prior to bidding. If you find yourself not wanting to risk losing this piece during an auction, we will entertain Buy It Now offers. However, we will not accept any offers in the 24 hours prior to an auction ending. Please message us with your best offer, and if accepted, we will add a Buy It Now option to this piece for you. Condition: The pictures provided are a part of the description and detail any damage not noted. Antique, used, vintage jewelry WILL have broken, chipped, missing stones, wear, and other damage or imperfections commensurate with age. Carat weights and gold values stated are approximate, this includes stones etc in the weight. Age stated in the title as well as gemstone classifications are opinionated based on sellers experience. We have a 30 day no questions asked send back policy should you be unsatisfied with your purchase., Modified Item: No, Country/Region of Manufacture: Unknown, Metal Purity: 18k, Main Stone: Diamond, Metal: Yellow Gold, Accent Stone #1: Garnet, Accent Stone #2: Freshwater Pearl, Accent Stone #3: Saltwater Akoya Pearl, Metal #2: Platinum, Metal #2 Purity: .900

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