Pinchbeck is an early form of brass named for its inventor, Christopher Pinchbeck, an 18th century London-based watchmaker. It was developed as an affordable alternative to gold, and the secret formula was guarded fiercely because it's damn hard-wearing and doesn't fade or tarnish. It's also nearly impossible for laypeople to distinguish it from the real thing. Pinchbeck jewels were crafted with the same care and craftsmanship as solid gold ones, and real gems were used (here, garnets). C. 1820.
pinchbeck, 5.1mm x 3.7mm garnet cabochon, 2 2mm garnet cabochons, 2.8mm turquoise paste
6 3/4" length
1714 — 1837
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Serpents were the bodyguards of the ancient world.
The best “costume jewelry” during the Georgian era was pinchbeck, a top-secret formula that looked — and wore — just like gold.