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Antiques & Collectibles: Amethyst pin has gold rush provenance

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Pins similar to this antique amethyst heirloom one, fashioned from California gold rush nuggets. have sold for $500 to $600 during the past year when settings were 18K gold.

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Question: My close-up photos show the front and back of an amethyst heirloom pin which measures a little more than 1 1/2 inches across at its widest point and is stamped "JEC & Co." During the California gold rush, my great-grandmother's grandfather worked in San Francisco where he purchased several gold nuggets from a prospector. He later married and settled in Philadelphia and a jeweler there used some of the gold to fashion the pin, a wedding gift to his wife. I would like to know about its maker, style and value. - S.T., Bordentown

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Pins similar to this antique amethyst heirloom one, fashioned from California gold rush nuggets. have sold for $500 to $600 during the past year when settings were 18K gold.