Rare Art Nouveau Natural Conch Pearl Stickpin in 14K Gold
This gorgeous, Art Nouveau Era antiquestickpin / tie pin (circa 1895-1910), features an EXTREMELY RARE gem quality pink conch pearl set beneath a 3-dimensional lady's face.
Conch pearls are very rare, organic gems produced by the Queen Conch mollusk. Unlike over 99% of pearls in today's jewelry, conch pearls ARE NOT cultured and are 100 NATURAL!
1 out of 10,000 to 15,000 conchs will produce a pearl.
Only 1 out of every 100,000 to 150,000 conchs will produce a gem quality pearl!
Conch pearls have a unique quality known as flame structure that can resemble a flame burning beneath the surface of the conch pearl.
It's unusual for a conch pearl to exceed 3mm in diameter.
This natural conch pearl measures ≈ 6.30 x 4.45 x 3.85mm. It has an intense, natural pink coloration with fire gem flame. Its fire gem flame covers more than 50% of the pearl and is noticeable without magnification. As you rotate the pearl, you can see the fire gem flame moving!
Moving onto the craftsmanship... In true Art Nouveau fashion, the 3-Dimensional repoussé face has a soft, satin finish.
The reverse side of the face is stamped with a "14K" hallmark.Gross weight of the stickpin is 1.3 grams.
Very rarely do conch pearls of this color and quality surface, especially in authentic Art Nouveau antique pieces! It's truly a rare and unusual piece of period jewelry that you'll be proud to wear or display in your collection.
This sale will also include a Pearl Identification Report by Global Gemology & Appraisals.