Featured Masonic medal 18k trying to come up with adequate appraisal

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by lennyt11374, Oct 29, 2017.

  1. lennyt11374

    lennyt11374 Member

    Some time ago I acquired 18k gold Masonic medal from South Africa. Dating this item wasn't much of an issue considering it is engraved with the date and properly hallmarked. However I'm still straggling to come up with correct value for this item.
    Does being Masonic adds or takes from the value?
    The item weights about 46 gram. I can't figure out what stone is in the middle and diamond looks pretty clean and about 0.4ct in size.


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  2. White gold? Judging from some quick research on old masonic medals..they range from 500-2k

    How did you acquire such a piece
     
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  3. lennyt11374

    lennyt11374 Member

    It is yellow gold. Pictures are not that good.
    The guy who sold me from South Africa wanted to melt this one. So I bought it by weight.
     
  4. How did you agree upon the weight an price when the piece isnt solid gold all around? With the stone, diamond, the snakes etc. Maybe im tripping out here or my visions going...but for yellow gold at 18k it has quite a silvery color? Im assuming you have had ot tested?
     
  5. lennyt11374

    lennyt11374 Member

    I had it tested and hallmarks are all there. As I said pictures were done in fluorescent light on my phone cam so there is a color difference. As far as weight. I pretty much estimated it :). I figured he is asking scrap price so 46 gram minus 10 or so for the stone would be a good price. There is antique value in play plus I liked the item.
     
  6. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Colours can also vary slightly on different screens. Calibrating the screen helps.
    It definitely looks like yellow gold to me. And as you said, properly hallmarked.
    There is a collector's market for antique Masonic jewellery, it adds to the value.
     
  7. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Moderator Moderator

    It looks yellow to me too, however its the purity of the gold not its colour that affects the value.
     
  8. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Absolutely, gold is gold, and 18k is a perfectly good fineness. Scrap value for a piece like this is a wonderful deal.

    Gold prices aside, the colour of gold in jewellery is a matter of fashion and taste. Where I live, white gold is becoming less popular, so now is a good time to buy white gold jewellery and hold on to it until it is in fashion again. I am seeing more rose gold now, which used to be considered old-fashioned. I love it.
     
  9. kyratango

    kyratango Bug jewellery addiction!

    Such a nice piece! You did well :)
     
  10. kyratango

    kyratango Bug jewellery addiction!

    :bookworm::banghead:
     
  11. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    I can only answer things you did not ask. Something like this is a 'masonic jewel'. According to Alamy Stock Photos, this is a Past Master Jewel:

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    I love the snakes, sort of a double ouroboros. Enameled? Suspect you got a very good deal.
     

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  12. Lennyt

    Lennyt Active Member

    Thanks.

    Yes, snakes are enameled as well as the blue part with the lodge number.
    Diamond is about 0.45ct VS1 clarity and G color, old miners cut.
    I can't figure out what kind of stone is in the center.
     
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  13. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    LOVE the square!!!! :)
     
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  14. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    Welcome!
    Is it a sapphire?
    Wonder why they didn't clean up the fused area on the back.
     
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  15. Lennyt

    Lennyt Active Member

    Not sapphire. Diamond.
     
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  16. yourturntoloveit

    yourturntoloveit Well-Known Member

    Question: re second photo from the top): do you think the "REVd" means "Reverend" or (I'm thinking) perhaps "Revered"?
     
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  17. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    I vote Reverend. The W Bro above stands for Worthy Brother, so I think that Revered would be duplicative.
     
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  18. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    A quick internet search confirms Reverend. Frank Hawkins Fisher.

    Debora
     
  19. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    I'm wondering whether the blue "stone" in the center is actually glass.
     
  20. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    That's what I thought. At first I thought enamel, but since it is slightly raised and very smooth, glass.
     
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