Tattersalls Arcade & Corunna St, Albion

Etruscan Revival 18K Yellow Gold Turquoise Seed Pearl Brooch Locket Reliquary
Etruscan Revival 18K Yellow Gold Turquoise Seed Pearl Brooch Locket Reliquary
Etruscan Revival 18K Yellow Gold Turquoise Seed Pearl Brooch Locket Reliquary
Etruscan Revival 18K Yellow Gold Turquoise Seed Pearl Brooch Locket Reliquary
Etruscan Revival 18K Yellow Gold Turquoise Seed Pearl Brooch Locket Reliquary

Etruscan Revival 18K Yellow Gold Turquoise Seed Pearl Brooch Locket Reliquary

$5,411 USD

Tax included.

A wonderful Etruscan Revival brooch, finely crafted from 18k gold with seed pearls and turquoise, circa 1870. Each gold sphere was made by heating a batch of gold clippings until surface tension forced each into a ball shape. The gold spheres were then sifted and sorted into different sizes and then hand-assembled with a tiny paintbrush on the surface of the brooch. Once assembly was complete the piece was ‘bloomed’ being left in a nearly forgotten recipe of acidic agents that would eat away the alloy from the surface of the gold leaving a layer of pure, buttery yellow gold. The reverse features a locket for hair or a small photograph.

Measures - 4.5cm L

Weight - 19.7grams

 

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