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Victorian 15ct Gold & Cabochon Garnet Tie Pin

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A good looking 15ct gold tie pin that was made circa 1880. It has hand applied gold work decoration known as “Etruscan work” around the central oval cabochon garnet. “Etruscan work” is fine gold wire that has been hand applied. To understand Etruscan Revival jewellery, you have to know of the original Etruscan jewellery unearthed in tombs just outside Rome in the early 1800s. Intricately wrought golden earrings and necklaces were meticulously ornamented with tiny gold beads and twisted wires densely applied to the surface. No one had seen gold worked like that since the Etruscans had carefully buried the treasures with their dead.
The secret to the fascinating granulation found on the Etruscan hoards was claimed to have been discovered by Fortunato Pio Castellani and he produced many replicas of archeological treasure finds using ancient techniques. Other jewellers copied his technique as seen in this tie pin. All our tie pins come with a stopper at the end of the pin.

Written by Olly Gerrish


Date & Origin


Very Good




Gold Garnet


Unmarked, tested to 15ct gold


Top 2 cm by 1.7 cm
Garnet 1 cm by 8 mm
Length of pin 7 cm

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