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Pinchbeck is a metal alloy that is mainly used for manufacturing jewelry. Christopher Pinchbeck, a London watchmaker, was the first person to discover this metallic alloy. This new alloy looked almost exactly like Gold and was named after its inventor.

Pinchbeck sure looks made of gold but was a much less expensive option. It was a great favorite, especially with the Georgian and Victorian people, as it reduced the risk of theft. The wealthy used them as “traveling jewelry”. These pieces of jewelry were also widely used for theatrical purposes as costume jewelry. 

Although usually paired with imitation gemstones, this stunning exception features a spinning banded agate gemstone. Banded agate is the stone of beauty, harmony, and fertility. It increases self-confidence and is incredibly supportive of health and wellbeing. Helping to restore the balance of the body & mind, especially the digestive system. 


Materials and Features: pinchbeck, banded agate

Age/Origin: c.1860

Measurements: 7.7 grams

Condition: Excellent condition. 

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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