Edwardian Sapphire and Diamond Bar Pin
What a fine and feminine piece of jewelry this is! Dating to around 1910 this gorgeous little bar pin was made using 14k gold, eight genuine sapphires, two glittering diamonds and eight natural pearls. The fact that you can see influences from both the Art Nouveau and Edwardian eras in the design plays a role in helping estimate the age. The sapphires are square cut and are set snugly edge to edge in a simple yellow gold channel. The channel is open in the back which allows light to filter through the stones, further enhancing their natural periwinkle blue color. The distinct Art Nouveau detail is found in the undulating whiplash lines that are formed at either end of the bar. This detail was done in white gold which puts an Edwardian spin on it. In the center of each white gold whiplash is a small, full cut diamond. Dotted around the edges to complete the look are eight gorgeous natural pearls. The craftsmanship of this pin is very fine and the condition is excellent if not perfect. The pin back is a heavy gauge and it holds very securely in the catch. I feel certain that this piece would have originally been purchased from a high end jeweler and although there are no maker's marks it's clear that it was hand made by a very skilled professional. I've tested the metal and can guarantee it is solid 14k gold. The length measures side to side 1-1/2" from one single pearl to the other and the width measures 3/8" from the outer edge of the middle pearl to the outer edge of the pearl opposite. The bar itself measures just over 3mm wide. The pin back (from hinge to clasp) measures 1-3/16". This is a lovely little treasure! A beautiful "something blue" and of heirloom quality.