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Antique funny brooch with a range of different old cuts

Roselina

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My newest internet find I purchased out of sheer curiosity: a brooch with a range of tiny old cut diamonds (test as) from rose cuts (one as high as a mountain) to what looks like old mine cuts to, what I find quite intriguing, some that look like a pre version of emerald cuts, perfectly rectangular. All set in some sort of closed silver baskets (took me some effort to clean, was quite dark) with a gold bottom. What an interesting piece, I’m glad I finally bought it after at first I didn’t really give it a second glance.
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Roselina

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Do you think the “emerald” cuts are replacements? Or do you know of such a type of old cuts?
 

Roselina

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Can you show the entire back? I'm thinking this may have been a buckle converted to a brooch.

I’m away for the weekend but will send pictures as soon as possible. What I can say: the brooch is bent, but “upwards” right and left hand. And the gold bottom with the pin was added later. It’s “newer”.
 

Roselina

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Looks like you may have some table cut diamonds - lots of images and info online - a very early cut - Great find :angel:

It looks at least very similar. The stones are small, so it’s difficult to tell. But oh so interesting!
 

stracci2000

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What a beautiful and unusual piece.
So versatile! You could wear this with anything!
Do I see a loop for hanging? I think this piece has been a buckle, a necklace and a pin in it's many former lives.
 

Roselina

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What a beautiful and unusual piece.
So versatile! You could wear this with anything!
Do I see a loop for hanging? I think this piece has been a buckle, a necklace and a pin in it's many former lives.
There is a little loop - tiny…
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glitterata

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I think this is a very old (maybe 18th c) buckle that was converted to a brooch in the 19th c, and repaired in the 20th c with a new clasp. The tiny loop is for a chain with a safety pin to make sure it doesn't get lost, and was probably added when it was converted to a brooch. The gold backing might have been original, or it might have been added at the time of conversion to protect the wearer's clothing from silver tarnish. It's a fantastic piece and you're a lucky lady!
 

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Amazing Wow Wow! My 1850 earrings are similar in the metal colors and condition as well as the mixing of some cuts in the cluster. The centers are pink OMCs. I too have early emerald cuts and no they are not exactly table cuts they look sort of like a mix of cushion and emerald. I adore your piece. Wow!
 

Roselina

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Amazing Wow Wow! My 1850 earrings are similar in the metal colors and condition as well as the mixing of some cuts in the cluster. The centers are pink OMCs. I too have early emerald cuts and no they are not exactly table cuts they look sort of like a mix of cushion and emerald. I adore your piece. Wow!

Thank you… I‘m happy I found it! Can we see pictures of you earrings? They sound amazing!
 

Primus20

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@roseli may i ask you how did you clean it ? It looks so nice . I bought a foiled back brooch also and i am scared to clean it ,i don't even know where to start. I hear that we must avoid water with foiled back
 

Roselina

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@roseli may i ask you how did you clean it ? It looks so nice . I bought a foiled back brooch also and i am scared to clean it ,i don't even know where to start. I hear that we must avoid water with foiled back

Sorry for my late answer. I cleaned it with a silver polish (not liquid, some sort of a cream). Very carefully but it worked.
 

Primus20

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Sorry for my late answer. I cleaned it with a silver polish (not liquid, some sort of a cream). Very carefully but it worked.

Thank you for responding, can yoi give me the name / brand of the product? I want to buy the exact same thing because yours looks sooo shinny and brandnew . Here is a picture of my brooch so you know why i am asking. It's very very very dark. 20211102_234813.jpg
 

Roselina

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Thank you for responding, can yoi give me the name / brand of the product? I want to buy the exact same thing because yours looks sooo shinny and brandnew . Here is a picture of my brooch so you know why i am asking. It's very very very dark. 20211102_234813.jpg

It‘s called Twinkle silver polish. I‘m Europe based so I hope it exists overseas. I like the patina on yours! It‘s a beautiful piece!
 

Primus20

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It‘s called Twinkle silver polish. I‘m Europe based so I hope it exists overseas. I like the patina on yours! It‘s a beautiful piece!

Thank you very much, i am based in France so i guess i will find it
 
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