An 18k gold shell brooch with natural pearls
Formed as a stylised shell with scalloped edges, set with 24 tiny brown and grey tinted Baroque natural pearls (c. 2.9 – 5.5 mm) and a bizarrely formed white natural pearl in the centre (18.6 x 18.3 mm). Hallmarks: Fineness 750, maker's mark "MB". Diameter 5.5 cm. Weight 34.03 g. With case.
Mechthild Baumann, Cologne 1966.
The pearls were not tested. According to the goldsmith, they are natural pearls.
Acquired from the goldsmith's studio.