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    Default Old Mine Diamond clasp on Vintage Pearls, Help ID, please

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    I am new here and recently purchased this string of about 6.5 mm pearls mainly for the beautiful clasp which has over 1 ct. dwt in old mine diamonds in 14 KT (as marked) yellow gold. It is a box pearl clasp with a marking that I found a picture of on the internet. How old do you think the pearls are what kind? The pearls are cream with a rose overtone. I assume ths clasp would be from the early 1900s with the old mine cut diamonds. I'm sorry for my poor photographs, my phone camera is not good on closeups.Name:  IMG_20181101_214701729.jpg
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Size:  38.6 KB[ATTACH] Here is the marking like on my clasp. 63083[/ATTACH]
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    Pearl Journalist Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Octavia's Mom's Avatar
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    The pearls are not graduated, so are not of an age with the clasp's diamonds. Clasps don't usually indicate a maker for the pearls and are often swapped with pearl restringing. And the diamonds could have been set into a newer clasp. They are probably akoya pearls, but I would like to see more photos on a white paper towel or a piece of white paper. You can coil the pearls so we can see more of them close-up.

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    I can't imagine anyone using an expensive 14kg and diamond clasp on inexpensive freshwater pearls so Inwould assume those are akoyas.

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    The clasp is beautiful, but you can't tell the age of the pearls from the clasp.

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    Thank you for your responses. I have taken a picture with the pearls on a white paper towel. Name:  IMG_20181104_060242612.jpg
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    It looks like they took a plain box clasp and soldered the diamond bit onto the top surface...
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    The pearls are cultured akoya pearls, not particularly old nor particularly high quality. I think MSC is right about the soldering.

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    Everyone is right. The little tiny wrinkles are typical of akoya and give away that they are not top grade, but they are pretty.

    Having a remade clasp is not a bad thing, especially when it has such charming diamonds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSC View Post
    It looks like they took a plain box clasp and soldered the diamond bit onto the top surface...
    That is exactly what they have done. I've done it too. Its a great way to glam up a plain clasp.

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