We have similar Chinese and Retro items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Cait P. Markings: "Made in China" on the back of the brooch, tested, and guaranteed. Gram Weight: 22.2 grams.Color: opaque blue hue with dark blue spiderwebbing. The stone(s) appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists. Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester. Pin/Brooch Style: Brooch, lapel pin, hat pin, scarf pin, tie pin. Closure Type: Pin stem with locking "c" clasp. Convertible to Necklace Pendant: If desired, your local jeweler can add a bale to this piece so it can be worn as a pendant. Handmade during the Retro period of the Art Deco era in China. Chinese export jewelry was highly sought after during this time period and very valuable. 925 sterling silver crafted into an elegant geometric motif with infinity not motifs. Dangling from the base of the brooch are five Chinese turquoise stones, each of which is an opaque blue in hue with dark blue spiderwebbing. Adorning the tops of these turquoise charms is a stylized version of the Chinese hanzi character which can be translated as a blessing for longevity. Polychrome enamel in blue and purple shapes was painted by hand onto the face of the brooch. Completed with a pin stem and locking "c" clasp, allowing the brooch to be worn on a variety of accessories, including hats, scarves, and lapels.
There is tarnish on the sterling silver, giving it a lovely antique quality. The price has been reduced to reflect this. There is some wear to the enamel, revealing the base metal beneath it; however, this is not immediately noticeable and does not affect wear. This listing is for the item only. Retro jewelry refers to pieces created in the 1940s and 1950s.This was a period during which jewelry designers were largely influenced by the changes stemming from World War II. These designs reflect an infusion of futuristic vision with elements inspired by preceding periods, encompassing a variety of gemstones, shapes, and materials. Materials used commonly in Retro jewelry are gold, gold alloys, and silver as the wartime put a restriction on the used of platinum. Designs can be masculine, geometric and modern, or softer, more feminine and floral. Chinese export jewelry became popular during the late Victorian period and persisted until the 1960s. During this period, Chinese craftsmen were considered by far the best in the world. The rich and wealthy would custom-order a piece through their local jeweler, who would send the design off to China to be made and sent back to Europe.
This lengthy process was very expensive, making Chinese export pieces highly desirable, then and now. Chinese turquoise is considered a very valuable stone by the Chinese, second only to jade. In fact, Chinese Turquoise was often used to supplement or replace jade. Chinese turquoise was highly prized for its rarity and gorgeous, bright blue hues. Stones that exhibit a spiderweb matrix are quite rare and deeply coveted.
Enameling originally dates all the way back to the ancient Persians of Meenakari. The technique involves bonding powdered glass to a base, usually gold, by firing (heating and melting the glass onto the metal).The glass hardens to form a layer of pigment over the metal. Enamel is made of colored powdered glass or may include clear powdered glass that is mixed with colorful metallic pigments. It was used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Celts; and later the Chinese and Georgians.
It resurged in popularity in the 20th century. It is primarily used on decorative art or jewelry, usually small in size. Besides jewelry, enamel can also be applied to glass, ceramic, stone, and various other materials.
Buyers will have 3 base. The item "Antique Vintage Deco Retro Sterling Silver Chinese Turquoise Pin Brooch 22.2g" is in sale since Sunday, December 6, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Pins, Brooches". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.