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Nice piece of antique gold quartz jewelry made in San Francisco during, or just after the California Gold Rush of the late 1840's and 1850's.
This piece has a round flat disk of polished gold quartz which is mounted in a 10 karat rose gold octagonal setting with an added hinged pin and 'C' clasp. Judging from the way the back looks, this piece may have originally been made as a cufflink, a large shirt stud, or a large button, and was later (but during the 19th century) made into a brooch or pin.
A fine example and an historic piece of early California jewelry.
Unmarked, but mount tests at 10k.
AGE: Circa 1850's - 1880's
Good condition, as shown in the photos and with the following noted: Overall wear as shown in the photographs.
The gold rush of 1849 brought a stampede of people to California, including a good number of skilled goldsmiths and jewelers who settled in and around San Francisco. The Mother Lode of the Sierra Nevada produced beautiful veins of pure native gold embedded in a matrix of white, rose, or dark quartz. The Forty-Niners were quick to take advantage of this unique raw material, fashioning all sorts of jewelry and objects such as walking canes, match boxes, and the like, inlaid with this wonderful gold-in-quartz. The heyday of gold-in-quartz jewelry was cut short by the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906.
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This item will be a museum quality addition to any collection of Gold Rush Jewelry and will display beautifully in any collection of Victorian, Early American, Western, or American jewelry.
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Antique Gold Quartz Brooch - Authentic California Gold Rush Pin / San Francisco: $165