Victorian 14k 0.67 CTW Old European Diamond & Seed Pearl Radiating Sun Converter Brooch Pendant by Whitehouse Brothers
Victorian 14k 0.67 CTW Old European Diamond & Seed Pearl Radiating Sun Converter Brooch Pendant by Whitehouse Brothers
Victorian 14k 0.67 CTW Old European Diamond & Seed Pearl Radiating Sun Converter Brooch Pendant by Whitehouse Brothers
Victorian 14k 0.67 CTW Old European Diamond & Seed Pearl Radiating Sun Converter Brooch Pendant by Whitehouse Brothers
Victorian 14k 0.67 CTW Old European Diamond & Seed Pearl Radiating Sun Converter Brooch Pendant by Whitehouse Brothers
Victorian 14k 0.67 CTW Old European Diamond & Seed Pearl Radiating Sun Converter Brooch Pendant by Whitehouse Brothers
Victorian 14k 0.67 CTW Old European Diamond & Seed Pearl Radiating Sun Converter Brooch Pendant by Whitehouse Brothers
Victorian 14k 0.67 CTW Old European Diamond & Seed Pearl Radiating Sun Converter Brooch Pendant by Whitehouse Brothers
Victorian 14k 0.67 CTW Old European Diamond & Seed Pearl Radiating Sun Converter Brooch Pendant by Whitehouse Brothers
Victorian 14k 0.67 CTW Old European Diamond & Seed Pearl Radiating Sun Converter Brooch Pendant by Whitehouse Brothers
Victorian 14k 0.67 CTW Old European Diamond & Seed Pearl Radiating Sun Converter Brooch Pendant by Whitehouse Brothers
Victorian 14k 0.67 CTW Old European Diamond & Seed Pearl Radiating Sun Converter Brooch Pendant by Whitehouse Brothers
Victorian 14k 0.67 CTW Old European Diamond & Seed Pearl Radiating Sun Converter Brooch Pendant by Whitehouse Brothers
Victorian 14k 0.67 CTW Old European Diamond & Seed Pearl Radiating Sun Converter Brooch Pendant by Whitehouse Brothers
Victorian 14k 0.67 CTW Old European Diamond & Seed Pearl Radiating Sun Converter Brooch Pendant by Whitehouse Brothers
Victorian 14k 0.67 CTW Old European Diamond & Seed Pearl Radiating Sun Converter Brooch Pendant by Whitehouse Brothers
Victorian 14k 0.67 CTW Old European Diamond & Seed Pearl Radiating Sun Converter Brooch Pendant by Whitehouse Brothers
Victorian 14k 0.67 CTW Old European Diamond & Seed Pearl Radiating Sun Converter Brooch Pendant by Whitehouse Brothers
Victorian 14k 0.67 CTW Old European Diamond & Seed Pearl Radiating Sun Converter Brooch Pendant by Whitehouse Brothers

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Victorian 14k 0.67 CTW Old European Diamond & Seed Pearl Radiating Sun Converter Brooch Pendant by Whitehouse Brothers

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General Information:

    • Total Carat Weight: 0.67 ctw
    • Precious Metal Weight: 2.99 dwt
    • Precious Metal Material: 14k yellow gold throughout with base metal pin stem
    • Dimensions:  This brooch measures 32.30 mm north to south (length excluding the rear hinged/convertor bail loop) x 32.45 mm east to west (width across) x 14.50 mm deep (including the pin stem and excluding the rear hinged/convertor bail loop)
    • Weight:  A very nice 4.66 grams
    • Markings:  The innermost concave reverse of this piece is stamped with a "14K" purity mark opposite, what appears to be, a curvy letter "W" maker's mark. We believe that this is the mark of the Whitehouse Brothers out of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Please read more about this below.
    • Era:  This brooch/pendant converter is believed to date to no earlier than 1898 and likely no later than 1900 or so.
    • Buyer Notes:  Proudly embodying the imperfections left by time, this beautiful and playful gold jewel, this piece is a steal of a deal for buyers hoping to snag a staple late Victorian-early Edwardian accessory at a very nominal rate! This converter brooch is both a sizable brooch and pendant, bearing a rear stem for lapel wear as well as a hinged bail loop for necklace wear. Boasting impressive weight and exciting presence in scale, this piece is an iconic style beloved by fashionable women of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

    Specifications:

    • Center Stone Type: Diamond
    • Center Stone Count: One (1)
    • Center Stone Dimensions: 3.00 x 2.75 x 1.35 mm, as measured within mounting so as to preserve the original historic integrity of the piece.
    • Center Stone Carat Weight:  0.061 ct by formula per the specific gravity of diamond and using the dimensions herein.
    • Center Stone Shape:  Hand-faceted Old European Cut
    • Center Stone Color:  G-H
    • Center Stone Clarity:  SI2-I1 with an ever so slight hazy appearance
    • Side Stone Type:  Cultured Pearl
    • Side Stone Count: Sixty-One (61)
    • Side Stone Dimensions: Estimated average of about 1.20 x 1.30 x 0.85 mm, as measured and calculated within mounting so as to preserve the original historic integrity of the piece.
    • Side Stone Carat Weight: 0.61 ctw; 0.010 ct each by formula per the specific gravity of diamond and using the estimated average dimensions herein.
    • Side Stone Shape:  Halved (split) cultured seed pearls
    • Side Stone Color: White to light cream
    • Side Stone Clarity: Fair to good luster
    • Side Stone Notes:  Three pearls have been lost to time, as indicated by the arrows overlaid atop the photograph provided. This is not at all unusual for antique jewels, and may be very easily and very economically rectified by the buyer's local jeweler post-purchase. Fortunately, their absence is not readily visible and does not at all detract from the piece's beauty and elegance. Even so, the price has been fairly adjusted to reflect this expected wear.

    The Story:

    A gleaming celestial jewel, this brooch presents a classic Victorian motif in its ethereal depiction of the sun. The Victorians were immensely infatuated with symbolism and relaying hidden messages using imagery and the relationship between elements of design. The continued development of astronomy and world sciences sparked a keen interest in such subjects even within the social sphere, which in effect, influenced the fine arts, decorative arts, cultural tastes and design trends-- including fashion and jewelry. Perhaps the most well known of these trends is the phenomenon of Halley’s Comet jewelry.

    Similarly, this antique converter brooch/pendant celebrates the immeasurable mystery and wild beauty of the cosmos. A miniature sun glowing in gold and gemstones, this jewel is designed to exhibit the dynamism of the sun, its radiating rays, and the gleaming blaze of its golden color. In the 'language' of Victorian celestial jewelry, the sun conveyed a sense of majesty and might and of authority and order. It was perceived as a venerable tribute of humanity's diminutiveness and life's brevity-- which are also two iconic themes of 18th and 19th century Memento Mori culture-- reminding the wearer to live each day to the full, in abundance, confidence and thankfulness.

    This piece is believed to have been crafted by the Ohio-based jewelers the Whitehouse Brothers, and bears a 'W' mark inside its domed reverse. Whitehouse Brothers was originally founded in 1898 by brothers Joseph and William Whitehouse. Although the pair began their work using primarily gold as their choice precious metal, they eventually rose to fame for their well-made platinum jewelry. Solid platinum jewelry (versus platinum prongs or platinum-topped gold) was not standardized for use in jewelry until around 1900-1910, as the technology to craft solid platinum jewelry was not available until about 1895. All this being said, if this pendant-brooch was created by Whitehouse Brothers, then research shows that it would most likely date to between 1898-1900-- during the earliest genesis of the business before platinum production took center stage. This history reveals the unassuming import imbued in this humble jewel.

    Indeed, Victorian pendants and brooches of this kind and age are common on the open market, exceptionally collectible by new and seasoned collectors alike, and just as stylish today as they were over a century and a half ago. While not too rare, this piece is priced to sell; its price tag reflects all its qualities, including its time-earned imperfections and character, as well as its impressive weight, high quality, good construction, and definite wearability and desirability.

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