MANLY ANTIQUE CENTRE
This elegant 1970s pearl brooch is such a lovely thing.
I thought this was a Mikimoto brooch when I first saw it - not only
for the quality of the metalwork but the pearl itself is a whopper
for an Akoya pearl measuring exactly 8mm with jewellery calipers.
It is hallmarked on the back as shown in a close up photo.
The makers mark is J P M we think. I don't know who this is unfortunately
but I'm sure there are people out there who do.
As stated the gorgeous pearl is about as large as a cultured Japanese pearl gets.
It is an 8mm perfect round pearl with a creamy golden undertone.
The brooch itself is 18 carat or karat gold (depending where you live) and
clearly marked as such. It measures 5.5mm long and weighs 7.5 grams total.
The pearl still retains a beautiful lustre and is almost blemish free
except for one tiny weeny little indent in the top which can't be seen
by the naked eye (unless your a hawk) and which I only became aware of
when looking at the huge close up photos of it.
The stylised leaves have a 'bark' finish which is a classic decorative detail
from the 1970s produced not only in jewellery but also in sterling silver items
of the period as well (especially by our famous Aussie silversmith Stuart Devlin).
They don't get much better than this one!
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