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Antique Georgian Pendant Brooch Gold Gems Locket Unisex Acrostic REGARD (7208)

Antique Georgian Pendant Brooch Gold Gems Locket Unisex Acrostic REGARD (7208)

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Antique Georgian acrostic pendant brooch with locket. Gold and gems Ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst, ruby, diamond. Made circa 1820's, in England, United Kingdom. See note on metal below.

Measurements: Weight is 6.4 grams. 1 5/8 inches (4cm) across.

Description : Late Georgian pendant brooch very finely made of gold shells, flowers and looping scrolls. Scallops, conches, foliage and flowers amidst overlapping scrolls and loops. Filigree and granulation, typical of Georgian cannetille work with other fine details. Hugely imaginative variety of textures and marine and floral themes. This jewel says it all. To crown it all, the raised center is set with colette set gems that spell out the word REGARD with their initials: Ruby Emerald Garnet Amethyst Ruby and Diamond.

During the Georgian and Victorian periods, acrostic jewelry was popular. The initial letter of each gem spelled out a sentimental message such as REGARD or DEAREST, adding to the mystique and romance of the jewelled gift.

The center at the back has a glazed compartment with a lock of blond hair enclosed in it. A good look at the back shows us the beautiful quality of the workmanship of this brooch.
A large gold loop allows it to be worn as a pendant threaded on a chain or even a ribbon as was popular at the time. Simple hinged pin with c-clasp for wearing as a brooch.

Marks and Metal: No marks as is to be expected of jewelry of this age. We electronically tested the gold with the sophisticated Auracle AGT3 metal tester. Like many other Georgian jewelry items, the gold is of mixed standards: the ends test as close on 24k; inbetween the details range from 18-22k gold. This is not unusual for Georgian jewelry, where the jeweller used what metal he had available.

Condition: Good with minor wear commensurate with age, including discoloring due to age and slight bending of the pin due to use. Please see enlarged pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions which we will do our best to answer.
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