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This circa 1870 handmade brooch/pin which the setting is made of 9 karat tested yellow gold pin and clasp and 18 karat Gold work on the front design. The brooch is made of a bold piece of Black Onyx which is hand cut. The onyx serves as a mourning color and that is why this stone was used and the seed pearls used in mourning jewelry represent “Tears”. Lilly of the Valley theme was used to represent “Delicate Simplicity” in Mourning Jewelry. The brooch has the original T-bar pin and the tube-clasp. The pin is from Philadelphia and the size is 2 1/2 inches wide and ½ inches tall. This is lovely workmanship on this excellent condition Victorian Brooch with a current insured replacement value of $1600.00 as of June 2013.