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achieved by combining copper and zinc and didn’t tarnish or fade like other gold alternatives at the time.

Pinchbeck was suited for those who couldn’t afford gold, or who didn’t want to risk taking their finest gems with them while traveling. Holdups at stagecoaches were a common occurrence. The wealthy sometimes referred to their pinchbeck as “traveling jewelry.” To a person in the mid-1800s, pinchbeck jewelry was indistinguishable from solid gold jewelry. Jewelers of the day treated both materials with the utmost care and skill.

This example is over 38" in length, allowing for versatility with any look. The textured details are gorgeous from any distance. 


Materials and Features: pinchbeck

Age/Origin: English, Georgian, c.1810

Measurements: 25.5 grams, 38.5" length

Condition: Very good. 


Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.

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