Early Victorian Russian Sterling/14kt Diamond Bow Pin + Pendant 1.65ctw
A stunning diamond bow pin from the early Victorian (ca1850) era! Originating from pre-Soviet Russia, this magnificent piece is crafted in 14kt gold topped with sterling silver, lending a lovely two-tone quality to the design. Curved loops and strands of "ribbon" emerge from the center, which is entirely lined with sparkling Rose Cut accent diamonds. Four old Mine Cut diamonds adorn the center and sides of the ribbon, with the center stones weighing 0.60ctw, and the two side stones weighing 0.75ctw. In total, all of the diamonds weigh approximately 1.65ctw, creating a dazzling array as they catch the light beautifully with every turn. Finishing the design is fine milgrain detail found throughout the piece. A sparkling diamond bail is attached at the top, stamped with two Russian hallmarks. Resting on the back of the bow is a bar pin, which features matching hallmarks and a c-catch clasp. The bail and pin clasp are both removable thanks to a screw-in mechanism, allowing the piece to be worn in two equally beautiful ways! Whether hung from a chain or fastened to a favorite garment, this impressive and versatile statement piece would make a striking addition to any early Victorian collection!
Measurements: The piece measures approximately 1 7/8" long (including the bail at the top), 1 1/4" wide, and 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver and gold setting. All of the diamonds are intact and securely set. The bail, pin and clasp are secure and in good working condition, along with the screw-in mechanism associated with them. The silver has a natural darkened patina on the surface, which is normal given the age of the piece, and adds to its beauty and character.