All original 120+ year old Brooch/Pendant.
This piece is a hard one for me to let go.
This large Victorian Ruby and Diamond Flower Brooch/Pendant is in amazing condition and every time I have worn it, people notice and comment, whether strangers or friends.
The brightness of the gems are eye catching. It is quite rare to have Rubies matched in this color.
The backside has a pin and bail to put this on a chain.
This brooch appraises at $26,000
Cut: Various oval and round cuts, old material
Weight: 24=7.62 cts
Measurements: 5.8-2.8 mm
Color: Bright Red with Pinkish Overtones
These Rubies show clarity characteristics for unheated Rubies (sent to GIA for a QA Report and it came back that 9 out of the 10 rubies tested were no heat)
A GIA QA Report is a "QUALITY ASSURANCE SHOW DETAILSIdentifies and provides results based on specified test criteria for gemstones. Results are presented in a table format. No identification information is included on the report."
Cut: Old Mine and Rose Diamonds
Weight: 18 =3.25 cts OMC, 12=0.26 cts RC
Measurements: 5-1.5 mm
Dimensions: 43 mm x 33.5 mm or 1 3/4" x 1 1/4"
Metal: 18k yellow gold, acid tested not marked
Weight: 13.4 grams
Condition Rating: 9 (this piece is over 120 years old, in original condition with old material Rubies showing no treatments, natural no heat Rubies)
Rare Victorian Ruby and Diamond Flower Pendant & Brooch
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.