LARGE VINTAGE AQUAMARINE NECKLACE LEFT TO ME BY MY MOM

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  1. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    I found this in a box of jewelry my mom left me. It was full of real gold jewelry + high end costume jewelry (like Alex Bitter lucite bracelets).
    This necklace is on a silver chain with a unusual mounting for the stone.
    Is it a aquamarine? How can I tell?
    It weighs 6.8 dwt - how can I tell how many carats it is?
    Is it real or costume?
    Finally, any way to tell it's value (taking it to a jewelry store will get me a lower price - I think - because if they buy it they have to make a profit also. - I'm thinking of selling it on eBay & splitting the money with my brother and sister, but every aquamarine jewelry I saw there had sold for $25 - $30 at the most! (is aquamarine that cheap or are they knock offs/costume?)
    Thanks for any info; I appreciate the help.

    JEWELRY AQUAMARINE NECKLACE 1AA.JPG JEWELRY AQUAMARINE NECKLACE 2A_AA.JPG JEWELRY AQUAMARINE NECKLACE 3AA.JPG JEWELRY AQUAMARINE NECKLACE 3AAA.JPG JEWELRY AQUAMARINE NECKLACE 5AA.JPG JEWELRY AQUAMARINE NECKLACE 5AAA.JPG
     
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  2. Marie Forjan

    Marie Forjan Well-Known Member

    The only way to know what the stone is would be to take it in for testing. It could be glass, it could be a stone, no one can tell from a photo.

    My gut tells me glass since I don't think that size aquamarine would be set in an inexpensive silver setting, but that's JMHO :)
     
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  3. scoutshouse

    scoutshouse Well-Known Member

    Hi @journeymagazine

    It has quite a lot of chips to it... Both chain and setting seem not sterling with that rust :(

    Sounds like your mother had great taste - maybe this was a gift?
     
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  4. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I'm with Marie and Scouts, most likely costume.:(
     
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  5. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    I see no rust.... where is the rust?
     
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  6. scoutshouse

    scoutshouse Well-Known Member

    Screenshot_2019-04-17-11-42-35_1555526683477.jpg
    The setting is discolored - not rust, I misspoke, sorry :)
     
  7. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    Copper leaching out from poor soldering technique and bad cleanup,the setting looks like a handmade"basket setting" which also has poor/excess solder seams.
     
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  8. scoutshouse

    scoutshouse Well-Known Member

    Having said all that, it reminds me of these...

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    Which are German/Austrian, not Italian... How large is it?
     
  9. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    They sell those chains by the kajillion to all and sundry. It may have come with the pendant but they may well not have started life in the same country, never mind the same factory. The pendant looks like glass to me too. If she was a December baby, it might be a birthstone pendant made to look real. We'll also need to see the back of the pendant itself for any and all marks. As I said, the chain is meaningless; it's about $1-2 in scrap silver and that's about it.

    And dibs on that top costume piece @scoutshouse posted!
     
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  10. scoutshouse

    scoutshouse Well-Known Member

    Looking up PT ITALY 925 and came across this(!)

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    Which reminded me of a story about an aunt.

    Hoping someone would notice her engagement ring, she held her hand up to her cheek and asked, "Has anyone seen my cow?"
     
  11. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    My immediate reaction was glass. It's quite chipped & abraded on the long edge you've shown us. Can't imagine your mother was particularly hard on jewellery. Unless the stone spent time as a ring before being set as a pendant, don't know how it got so beat up. The color is closer to the sea green color suggested by the name 'aquamarine' than the very pale, irradiated blue that has been the preferred color, for genuine stones & fake.
     
  12. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Get in the queue.....no pushing or shoving allowed!:hilarious:
     
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  13. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    It could be costume - it was in a box FULL of costume & real gold jewelry. - And/or it could be real and she might have gotten it as a teenager, when she grew up with the circus, had her own trick pony Trigger & her and my grandparents elephants in our family's farm's pasture in the winter time - all of which may have contributed to any chips. :)
    I'll get it tested just to be safe.
    Thanks all!
     
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  14. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    PS - me & my mom a few years ago & my mom then (on back!)

    ME AND MY MOM 1A.jpg ME & MOM PHOTOS MOM ON HORSEBACK TRICK RIDING 1AA.jpg
     
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  15. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    So that's what people did before there were smart phones!
     
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  16. scoutshouse

    scoutshouse Well-Known Member

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  17. scoutshouse

    scoutshouse Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Apr 17, 2019 at 11:39 PM
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  18. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    I'm a rock crystal fan too. The only ring I ever bought new from a jewelry store is a big honker of a rock crystal ring. Paid too much, but oh well.
     
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  19. scoutshouse

    scoutshouse Well-Known Member

    Please tell me you still have it!?
     
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  20. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    I'm still wearing it!
     
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