This antique end of the 19th century horseshoe conversion pendant is for the equestrian lover symbolizing good luck. This was a stickpin that was converted to a necklace by removing the pin and adding a 14k gold chain to it. It looks lovely layered with a long chain or by itself.
This piece is of hollow construction that shows slight damage from its age due to it. There is a dent on the top right corner and a seam open at the bottom right corner. This does not affect its wearability but does show its age and is not in pristine condition.
Light Cable Link Chain
Width: 0.5 mm
Metal: 14k yellow gold
Clasp: spring ring
Dimensions: 14.9 mm long x 11.7 mm wide x 1.8 mm thick
Metal: 15k Yellow Gold Horseshoe & 14k Yellow Gold Chain
Markings: 15CT 342 H&CO
Weight: 0.8 grams
Condition Rating: 6 (seam is open at 5:00, bent at 2:00, shows where stickpin was removed and gold wash was polished off. Chain has been soldered on permanently)
Victorian Horseshoe Necklace in 15k / 14k Yellow Gold Chain
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.