Antique Russian Brooch Engraved 14k Gold Diamonds Rubies Enamel Unisex Man(6926)

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Antique Russian brooch. 14k gold, enamel, rubies and rose cut diamonds. Made in Russia. Please see below for date., late 19th century. <P><P>

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Measurements: Weight is 3.0 grams. Diameter 3/4 inch (slightly under 2cm). <P><P>
Description : Small, round brooch suitable for a man or a woman. The border of the circumference with fine simple sweeping bright cut engraving.
The center with 3 parallel columnes that also form a cross. Borders of black enamel. The central larger arm set with rubies and the sides with rosecut diamonds. <P><P>
Hinged pin with c-clasp. An understated jewel that is very versatile - can be used to hold down a tie, on a lapel, shoulder or sleeve. Unisex - suitable for a man or woman. <P><P>
Date: the people who sold this brooch assumed it dated to the 19th century. However, there are a number of reasons to believe it dates to the 18th century. In style and feeling it is much like a cufflink with a Greek Cross composed of mixed gems, shown on page 83 of the book on Russian jewelry 16th - 20th century from the collection of the Historical Museum, Moscow. Furthermore, the small hole at the back of the brooch indicates that it might very well have been a cufflink or button before it was converted to a brooch, long ago. The fine, engraved decoration is more typical of 18th than 19th century and the wear/patina of the same, indicates the earlier age. <P><P>
Marks and Metal: Cyrillic letters on the back. Gold was acid tested as 14k, which is the Russian standard. <P><P>
Condition: Minor wear commensurate with age and use. Please see enlarged pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions which we will do our best to answer.

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