Description: This large brooch is crafted out of stunning mother of pearl, with a blue enamel overlay, which itself has then been painted to portray a stunning portrait of a lady, in vibrant color. The mother of pearl tablet is held within an 18k yellow gold frame, with milgrain detailing on the setting edge, and bordered by an array of pearls. A yellow gold pin at the back allows you to fix the brooch to your clothing with ease.
Materials and Features: Mother of pearl; blue enamel; painted details; 18k yellow gold and 14k yellow gold; pearls
Age/Origin: French, c.1860 Napoleonic 3 period; the pin closure at the back is a later, American addition or replacement.
Marks: 14K [American pin closure]; French eaglehead [on the pin itself]
Weight: 13.83 g
Dimensions: Brooch diameter is 1.5 inches
Generally excellent. The enamel and painted details have held up beautifully over the years, especially considering the relatively-delicate nature of enamel in jewelry. The colors are rich and vibrant, with little to no overt wear. Natural irregularities in the mother of pearl are to be expected. The gold has a bright and sunny luster, with sturdy craftsmanship, and sturdily-set pearls. The pin and closure work well.
Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.
Mother of Pearl Painted Enamel Lady Brooch 18k Gold