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Alice Caviness Signed Brooch Sterling Vermeil Onyx

ITEM: A vintage brooch from a very well respected, high end designer, Alice Caviness. Featuring a high gloss, black onyx slab cab and set into sterling vermeil it is a domed, cutaway filigree of high quality and style.

DIMENSIONS: The brooch measures about 1 1/3 of an inch wide by 1 inch tall and stands about 1/4 an inch deep in a domed basket design.

DESCRIPTION: This is vintage jewelry at it's apex of design. A beautiful black onyx oval slab sits atop a fabulous scrolled openworked basket, slightly Victorian in design which is executed in a luminous sterling vermeil. Vermeil is an overlay of 14 or 18k gold 'wash' over a sterling silver base. The resulting metals are just beautiful with a lustre born of the warmth of gold as well as the sheen of silver.
Signed Alice Caviness and Sterling Germany, this is a quality brooch of unparalelled craftsmanship. Not really costume jewelry at all but in a category referred to as "bridge" jewelry this example is contsructed of precious metals and semi precious gemstones. Finished with a well anchored, built in pinback with rollover clasp.

CONDITION: In very good to excellent vintage condition, the metals are in good surface with almost no wear or metal loss. There is a slight bit of oxidization on the outermost portion but it is on the reverse and cannot be seen when worn. The onyx is splendid. No cracks, bites or crazing and well seated in the bezel. Finally, the pinback works perfectly.
All in all about as nice a vintage brooch as one could hope for, designer signed, marked for metal purity and with a double dose of collectors appeal ~ pleasing to the eye, in nearly mint condition AND somewhat rare. Alice Caviness does not come onto the market very frequently as her lifetime output is limited. There just arent that many available and when they are, we can see why she is considered so collectible. Quality. Pure and simple.

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