Antique 14K Gold Cultured Pearl Art Nouveau Poppy Pin Bloom Gold Finish

$ 325.00

Antique Art Nouveau 14K Yellow Gold Cultured Pearl Poppy Flower Pendant / Pin. Beautiful antique brooch / pendant. The pendant pin is in the form of a poppy flower with a center cultured pearl. The brooch is made of textured gold that is referred to as bloom gold. "Blooming" was popular finishing technique for fine karat gold jewelry from 1870 to 1890. Creating a bloom finish involved dipping a karat gold item into a boiling mixture of hydrochloric acid (muriatic acid), saltpetre (potassium nitrate), salt and water. This process burned off any alloys on the surface resulting in an alloy-free, thin layer of soft pure gold on the item. This thin gold skin was dotted by an infinite number of microscopic pits or holes which caused the matte sheen. The effect is reminiscent of the soft skin found on a peach. Dipping the item into the boiling mixture was referred to as colouring, and the resulting sheen was termed bloom. This beautiful bloom gold pin pendent is finely detailed with a very realistic look.

The pin is not marked for gold content but has been tested and is guaranteed to be 14K gold. The back has an old style c clasp as well as a swivel bail so it can be worn as a pin or a pendant. The pin measures 1 1/8" wide. It weighs 3.7 grams. The pin pendant is in excellent condition for it's age. Pin clasp is in good working order. No damage or repairs. This is a very fine Art Nouveau work of art worthy of any serious collectors collection.

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