Featured Is this real moss agate or is it fake?

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by vintagerobin, Aug 3, 2021.

  1. vintagerobin

    vintagerobin Well-Known Member

    What do you think?

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  2. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    One vote for real.
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  3. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

  4. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    I don't even know how you would fake it!!
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  5. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    Or why you'd bother. That's a Victorian backing so odds are high it's genuine. Most of the time moss agate would be more expensive to copy in glass than it is to get the real stone. Back then anyway!
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  6. Tahmoor girl

    Tahmoor girl Active Member

  7. Ce BCA

    Ce BCA Well-Known Member

    Agree, I also have never see fake moss agate (apart from in resin), so as long as it doesn't feel plasticky then it will be real. One point, the pin has either been re-glued or replaced, you don't find originals done that sloppily with globs of glue. If you are reselling, clean up that excess glue with a scalpel or other sharp blade - it will put some people off buying.
  8. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Real for me. It's not worth faking either. Late 19th.
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  9. Gus Tuason

    Gus Tuason Well-Known Member

    Yes, it's real. Commonly referred to as "Horse Canyon Agate" because of a site in the Mojave which produced and may be still producing this distinctly green moss agate. The site was/is a favorite of rock hounds and has produced tons of nice quality moss agate. In this case, the pinback may be misleading as it might be a reclaimed pinback or one purchased from old/new stock. The scalloped edges on the front is a likely clue as to its age. I'm in favor of dating it to the 1st quarter of the 1900's.
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  10. i need help

    i need help Moderator Moderator

    I’ve NEVER seen @Hollyblue unequivocally state Real, without a disclaimer to test.
    So, it MUST be real! :happy:
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  11. Lucille.b

    Lucille.b Well-Known Member

    What a cool piece! Definitely older, so agreeing with above it's the real deal.
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  12. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    The stone was easy,dating when the pin was attached would be questionable.
  13. vintagerobin

    vintagerobin Well-Known Member

    Thank you all very much! My knowledge of jewelry is limited and my knowledge of stones is pretty much zero.

    I like to know what I have before trying to sell and you've helped me a lot with that.
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