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  1. HottMess

    HottMess New Member

    20210604_115339.jpg IMG_14062021_192805_(800_x_1280_pixel).jpg IMG_14062021_192918_(800_x_1280_pixel).jpg I bought these at an antique auction years ago with a bunch of jewelry. Trying to figure out what they are and what age they are. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    The metal is very thin. Not sure if they're real gold as I haven't had them tested but I think they might be. The stones are rough
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  2. Pattywithay

    Pattywithay Well-Known Member

    Looks like a hair ornament.
  3. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Or an ornament for headwear of some sort. A turban perhaps. Here's something similar from Cartier.


  4. HottMess

    HottMess New Member

    This is what i was thinking. Any idea where to go for more info? thank you! :)
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  5. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    You'll sure to get more information here. Just give forum members, many of whom are in different time zones, the opportunity to see your post.

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    Debora Well-Known Member

  7. Rayo56

    Rayo56 Well-Known Member

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  8. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    That would be my first guess. The stones look "native cut", but that could mean something very old or something made in a country where they still cut them by hand.
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  9. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Beautiful, @HottMess .
    It is an Indonesian hairpin, most likely Javanese. It looks like it is gold, but could be gilded silver. I have some Javanese hairpins that are gilded silver.
    The shape is a stylized orchid, one of the emblematic flowers of Java. The way the petals are decorated is very Indonesian, and seen a lot on gold and silver from Java and the Javanese (Majapahit culture) influenced islands.

    Here is my Djokja silver orchid brooch from Central Java for comparison (not nearly as nice as you pin):


    I think it would be quite painful to wear it as a sarpech.:nurse:
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  10. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    I KNEW you would know! And I apologize to all for the mis-direction. I knew Any Jewelry would be sleeping so I took a shot (and missed!)

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  11. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    But missed in such a beautiful way, we all got to enjoy a stunning sarpech!:)
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  12. HottMess

    HottMess New Member

    Thank you so much for the info! I've been hanging on to these things for quite a few years since I couldn't find any info on them. This is very helpful :)
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  13. HottMess

    HottMess New Member

    Thank you everyone for taking the time to reply! I'm so glad I found this site as I have a few pieces I'm unsure about.

    You all rock!
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