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Does it look like gold?

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56 minutes ago, nugget108 said:

And one in direct sunlight. 

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I think the stone itself is dendritic agate.

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Definately moss agate and a beautiful specimen .same with mounting job. Good quality work-great find-John

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Thanks for the photos!

I think it could be even a earlier piece, at the very least it's Victorian, (1830s to 1901), it could even be late Georgian (1714 to 1830s), the clasp style was used during the late Georgian period and thorughout most of the Victorian period.

If it's turns out to truely be gold I think a minimum value would be at least $500 and could be more, if it could be traced to a certain person and or maker the value would go up even more..

Your son has truely found a piece of history and definite treasure!!! :yesss:

I would try and find a trustworthy jeweler that knows antique jewelry and get it dated more accurately and an appraisal done.

The history of the area it was found would go far in dating it as well.

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Yeah its a nice piece. 

 

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35 minutes ago, Au Seeker said:

Thanks for the photos!

I think it could be even a earlier piece, at the very least it's Victorian, (1830s to 1901), it could even be late Georgian (1714 to 1830s), the clasp style was used during the late Georgian period and thorughout most of the Victorian period.

If it's turns out to truely be gold I think a minimum value would be at least $500 and could be more, if it could be traced to a certain person and or maker the value would go up even more..

Your son has truely found a piece of history and definite treasure!!! :yesss:

I would try and find a trustworthy jeweler that knows antique jewelry and get it dated more accurately and an appraisal done.

The history of the area it was found would go far in dating it as well.

Thats great Skip. Thanks for the info. 

The start of the area was 1868. Thats the time range of all of our coins too.

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14 minutes ago, nugget108 said:

Here it is in the dirt just uncovered. 

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It doesn't look like it was buried very deep. 2" max.

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Yeah it was pretty shallow.

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Thanks for the new photo's Dan with it cleaned up a bit. Its looking better all the time. I'm still thinking the stone may be electrum, not really the right color for moss agate. but without looking at it with a 10x in front of me its still hard to say. the setting looks like rolled gold filigree wire and no doubt based on the tool marks around the setting base and on the pin back, and the fact there was no green on it when you found it leads me to think It's hand made gold and old. The Karat, I'm going to say 10-14K.
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13 minutes ago, AzNuggetBob said:

Thanks for the new photo's Dan with it cleaned up a bit. Its looking better all the time. I'm still thinking the stone may be electrum, not really the right color for moss agate. but without looking at it with a 10x in front of me its still hard to say. the setting looks like rolled gold filigree wire and no doubt based on the tool marks around the setting base and on the pin back, and the fact there was no green on it when you found it leads me to think It's hand made gold and old. The Karat, I'm going to say 10-14K.
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Dendritic quartz is what it looks like to us. Really close resemblance. 

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Oh something else I forgot to mention it wasn't until the United States enacted the National Gold and Silver Stamping Act of 1906 required jewelers to include an accurate purity mark, which indicates the materials used in a given work. In 1961, the American government also mandated that jewelry manufacturers include a maker’s mark, which indicates the maker.

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Great info Bob. 

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6 minutes ago, nugget108 said:

Dendritic quartz is what it looks like to us. Really close resemblance. 

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ya it may be dendritic gold/silver. cant tell without a 10X. AzNuggetBob

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Yea man, that is a beautiful find! way to go:thumbsupanim

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On 7/7/2018 at 10:54 AM, Hoser John said:

Definately moss agate and a beautiful specimen .same with mounting job. Good quality work-great find-John

Obviously one-of-a-kind. Why use anything except real gold? 

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Just a great find and something to always remember....

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