1960s Amethyst, Garnet and Peridot, Yellow Gold 'Donkey and Cart' Brooch

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This fine and impressive vintage brooch has been crafted in 9k yellow gold in the form of a donkey and cart.

The donkey's body is decorated with a textured finish representing its coat and features.

The cart being pulled by the donkey is also crafted in 9k yellow gold, and ornamented with a multi-gemstone design incorporating four amethysts, two garnets and a peridot .

The brooch secures to the reverse with a hinged pin and safety clasp fastening.

This impressive vintage brooch is accented with an articulated bucket in 9k white gold, suspended from the back of the cart.

This 1960's brooch is clearly hallmarked to the underside of the cart with the gold fineness mark (9k) and the maker's mark for Alabaster and Wilson* (A&W), and supplied with an independent diamond grading report card.

NOTE* Alabaster & Wilson was co-founded in 1887 by Arthur Alabaster and Thomas Watson in Birmingham. This producer of high quality gold and diamond jewellery remains as one of the longest running family businesses in the UK today.

"Rather than regarding inclusions in coloured stones as harmful, in small sizes and numbers that do not in any way detract from their beauty, they should be regarded as adding to desirability, for they provide identifying characteristics."
Reference: The Connoisseur’s Guide to Precious Gemstones, R.Wise, Brunswick House Press.

Gemstone Quality

Colours Purple/red/green
Cut Round
Content (total) 0.30 carat


Length 3.9cm/1.53"
Width 1.9cm/0.74"
Height of setting 5.71mm/0.22"


7.53 grams

Maker: Alabaster and Wilson
Date: Circa 1960
Origin: Birmingham, England

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AC Silver item Ref. SKU: A6409
Place of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Circa 1960
9k Gold
Yellow Gold
Excellent. This vintage donkey and cart brooch is very good quality set with seven precious gemstones. The brooch is a very good gauge of gold and is in excellent condition..
0.22 in. H x 0.74 in. W x 1.53 in. L
1 cm H x 2 cm W x 4 cm L
1.53 in. (4 cm)
Dealer Location
Jesmond, United Kingdom
Number of Items
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