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i purchased a vintage purse. there was a small rip in lining after looking i found this crown shaped necklace.with green stones. looks like kings crown. how do you tell if there emerald or fake? theres no maker mark. how would i find info on this? its gold finish. with flat bottom (you can sit up on table) four large green stones one on each side. then four tiny green stones on top. can you suggest anything?

Hello.  The best way to try to identify what you have is to take it to a local jeweler that has a Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) on staff.  They have the training and some equipment that may be able to identify whether it is karat gold and what type of stones as well as give you an idea of overall value.  Because the stones are set and are cabochon cuts, they do not have a flat surface to get a refractive index reading, so it may be a little more difficult to get an exact identification, but the G.G. would be the most qualified to help.  Good luck.  It's always fun to investigate something you've found.  You never know what you may have.

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Melinda Nolan


I specialize in the design of hand carved, custom fine jewelry. I've been involved in the design and manufacturing of jewelry since the mid 90's and been studying gemstones my entire life. I am a certified diamond grader by the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) and have a Business Degree from Truman State University. I am the owner/designer of a retail jewelry store established in 1975 in St. Charles, MO.

Jewelers of America, AGTA (American Gem Trade Association), Retail Jewelers Organization (RJO), Board of United Services, St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, Grace Christian Church Worship Team.

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Certified Diamond Grader - GIA, BS in Business/Marketing Truman State University

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