A very beautiful banded gemstone and 9 carat gold Edwardian bar brooch. The pin displays that divinely simple ornamentation that is so typical of the era - perfect for this piece where the emphasis is on the contrast between shimmering stone and gold caps.
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The glossy stone is satin polished and smooth to the touch with attractive mottling and banding in silver green. I am fortunate to have been advised by a very kind Etsy seller as to the identity of this unusual stone - it's called Green Zebra Stone (sometimes called Green Zebra Jasper) and is a variety of serpentine with chatoyant stripes.
The color is superb, ranging from deep forest green to pale olive with silver stripes that have wonderful chatoyance in light (chatoyance is the shimmering optical reflectance effect seen in certain gemstones eg. Tiger's Eye)
The chatoyance on this stone is remarkable - at night it almost looks as if it is a clear tube, an optical illusion - this is definitely solid!
The fitted caps are 9ct gold, there is a stamp beside the hinge reading '9CT'. The pin on the back is likely to be steel.
1.37 inches or 35mm in length and and oval in shape, the gold end caps measure 4.5mm long.
Weight: 7.7 grams
Condition: excellent. The brooch shows little sign of wear. The hinge is strong and the pin is perfectly straight and super sharp.
An unusual and very beautiful bar brooch with caps that have been purpose-made for the stone - this would be a beautiful addition to a collection.
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