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    Large & lovely brooches from another time

    I fawned over the brooches as soon as I saw them in the glass case at the auction house. I had trudged through tons of old beat-up clocks and dusty Coca Cola memorabilia, and these pieces of jewelry were a welcome relief.

    There were five of them – all with lovely and different gemstones – on the top shelf of one of the low glass cases. Nearby was a wide bone and onyx hinged cuff bracelet that already had attracted an absentee bid.

    The first one I came to was a gilt oval-shaped brooch with an amethyst gemstone – oversized and filigreed just like the others. Two had brown stones, and another had a series of cobalt-blue stones enveloping a carved flower. None of these fancy brooches were marked with a maker’s name.

    Take a look at them. Would these have willed you to stop and linger, too?

    Brooch with amethyst stone

    Oval-shaped filigree brooch with amethyst gemstones.


    Brooch with brown gemstone

    Oval-shaped brooch with small brown/amber gemstone framed by a ribbon-like design.


    Brooch with cobalt-blue stones

    Brooch with cobalt-blue stones.


    Brooch with large brown stone

    Brooch with large brown stone, surrounded by flower blooms with smaller stones.


    cuff bracelet

    Onyx and bone cuffed bracelet. The red dot represents an absentee bid.

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