Retro 14kt Sapphire & Ruby Moveable Picnic Basket Charm
A delightful and very detailed vintage charm/pendant from the Retro (ca1940) era! This charming 14kt yellow gold piece depicts a miniature picnic basket, which has a moveable, 3-dimensional design. The body of the basket is woven with fine gold wire, creating a realistic small scale replica of a real wicker basket. A hinge at the center allows both sides of the lid to open individually. When raised, they reveal a hollow compartment inside. An ensemble of gemstones decorates the top of the lid, including a pair of sapphires, a pair of rubies, and a pair of delicate seed pearls. Each stone rests within an etched starburst setting. A structured gold handle completes the design, which is rigid and not hinged. Attached to the textured handle is a split gold jump ring, perfect for hanging from a gold chain. A fun and cheerful piece, it would be perfect for any vintage charm lover's collection!
Measurements: The charm hangs 1 1/8" long, including the jump ring at the top. The basket itself measures 7/8" long, 5/8" wide, and 3/8" tall. When freestanding, the basket measures 7/8" tall from the base to the top of the handle (not including the jump ring). The overall pennyweight of the piece is 4.5 dwt.
Condition: The overall condition of the charm is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting, and all of the gemstones and seed pearls are intact. The hinged lid is in good working condition, and the bail for hanging is secure.