Antique pearl brooch, pin. All natural freshwater "river" pearls, 14kt gold, enamel. Victorian Art Nouveau. Bar pin, lapel pin. Late 1800s.
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Very pretty antique Victorian period brooch with pearls set in 14 karat gold and trimmed with white enamel. Circa late 1800's. The pearls are all natural freshwater "river" pearls. These are not cultured pearls. They were found by people, NOT made by people. There is some loss to the enamel, shown in one of the pictures. The brooch measures 2 and 1/2 inches long, and 3/8th inch high. See below for more information about all-natural freshwater pearls*. SKU 3798i .
More pictures and video can be provided by request.
*Natural pearls form randomly in nature, without the aid of human intervention, and are rare.
Natural Freshwater pearls are found in freshwater mollusks living in freshwater sources like rivers, lakes or ponds. Many North American pearl mussels produce high-quality pearls. Use of these pearls for jewelry and decorative objects dates back at least 2,000 years, to the ancient Hopewell culture in Ohio.
From American Museum of Natural History:
[Freshwater] Pearl mussels live in lakes, rivers and streams. These freshwater mollusks produce pearls that can rival those of marine mollusks in luster and diverse color. Eastern North America has lost more than 35 species of pearl mussels to extinction in the last 50 years, chiefly from habitat destruction and pollution.
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Vintage Pearls Brooch. 14kt Yellow Gold. White Enamel. Victorian. Late 1800s.
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