Turquoise Heart Chalcedony Pinchbeck Cloak Pin Brooch Antique Victorian c1860



Charming heart detailing with turquoise around the ball of chalcedony to this pinchbeck cloak pin brooch dating from the Victorian period.
Pinchbeck is a form of brass, an alloy of copper & zinc, mixed in proportions so that it closely resembles gold in appearance. It was invented in the 18th century by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clockmaker. Since gold was only sold in 18-carat quality at that time, the development of pinchbeck allowed ordinary people to buy gold 'effect' jewellery on a budget. It also allowed the wealthy to make copies of their priceless jewels that could be worn on their travels, still looking fabulous without the risk of theft from highwaymen.
Good even colour to the turquoise stones& the chalcedony is in good order. Good straight pins with a charming link to the chain between, please see the pictures.
Size of larger pin 7.7 x 1.1 x 1.1 cm or 3.0x 0.4 x 0.4 inches.
Size of smaller pin 4.2 x 0.3 x 0.3 cm or 1.6 x 0.1 x 0.1 inches.
Length of chain between 10.2 cm or 4.0 inches.
Weight 3.4 grams or 2.19 penny weight.