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    Question Antique Brooch With Odd "Pearls?"

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    This little piece came with a grouping. Are those white things pearls? They look like bad teeth! The clasp is marked 14k and it's evident that it's old. Thank you for any thoughts.
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    They look to me like natural freshwater river pearls.

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    Oh, that's lovely! I agree, they look like natural FW river pearls, maybe US, especially with the turquoise center.
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    Yes - the Turquoise swayed me as well Cathy. Unless the stone was changed out at some point that would be my thought.

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    My first thought was that they were natural freshwater pearls from the USA. Very popular in Art Nouveau jewelry back in the day.

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    Wow! You found another winner? Love this Kimberbly22

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    Thank you all for the feedback.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lilliefuzzysocks View Post
    Wow! You found another winner? Love this Kimberbly22
    I'm just wondering how many of these similar "winners" I may have overlooked over the years.
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    I doubt the stone was swapped. The turquoise is somewhat irregular and requires a bezel made for it. Opening a bezel to remove a stone usually requires rebuilding the bezel, as well.

    The swirls look to be die struck.

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    Kimberley22, you do find interesting pieces

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    Fascinating! My first thought, natural American River Pearls. Cool with the turquoise!
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    Natural pearls! Their charm may have to grow on you. Great piece.
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    American river freshwater pearl, most of them had this shape, and used for jewelry, I have about a hundred of them.

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    Hmmm. A lot of pieces I acquire are difficult to let go, but this one not so much.
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    I would have NO problem acquiring that piece lol But I can see it could be something that would not appeal to all
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