This very large vintage monogram brooch would look fabulous as a necklace. The letters have a Florentine finish and are SDL (or really SLD), so if you happen to have those initials, this is calling out to you. All the monogram pieces made these days are made to be extremely lightweight due to the high cost of gold. My daughter was gifted one a month ago and it already broke between the letters. This one will stand the test of time and will be a good investment as the price of gold rises.
Convoy if you would like this converted to a necklace. The price will depend on the chain you choose and can easily be done if you have a gold chain lying around.
Measurements: 38 x 1 mm
Metal: 18k yellow gold
Markings: 18K with makers mark
Weight: 10.9 grams
Period: Circa 1970's
Condition: 8 (minor surface scratches on back side, bail has not been soldered closed)
Mid Century 18k Gold Large Brooch Monogram Brooch SDL
Bracelets and rings get the most wear out of all the styles of jewelry. Make sure that your jewelry is professionally cleaned and your stones checked annually.
For gold rings, the higher the karat weight, the softer the metal will be, and the easier it will scratch. Frequent polishing is unecessary. Polishing your rings removes layers of metals and will thin it out through time.
The same goes with platinum, as it is a malleable and softer metal, yet denser, which makes it last longer. Platinum is also a white metal naturally and stays white, whereas white gold is yellow that has white alloys giving it a whiter appearance, but will never be as white as platinum.
For high value items, typically of $1,000, it is a good idea to have your pieces insured on your homeowners policy or with a separate insurer like Jewelers Mutual.