blog.php-1669Left: Antique rose gold necklace, partly silver-plated, with topaz and diamonds
Centre: Three-tiered vintage pearl necklace with white gold buckle and diamonds
Right: Yellow gold necklace with red coral

The Gold Rush phenomenon saw the largest migration to rural areas in history, especially in the West part of the United States between 1848 and 1960. California was at the heart of the 100-year-strong gold rush.

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Antique evening bag made of yellow gold, closure with sapphire cabouettes, circa 1900

blog.php-1670Left: Pair of white gold earrings with ametrines and diamonds
Right: Pair of yellow gold earrings with diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires

In the second half of the nineteenth century, many people left their homeland in search of work and improved living conditions and America held their dreams and hopes. The prospect of quick money through gold in the West beckoned people to their wagons to continue chasing the Gold Rush.

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Left: Feather brooch in white gold with ruby (approx. 1.50 ct) and diamonds
Right: Rose gold brooch, partly silver-plated, with sapphires and diamonds, 19th century

Soon the river banks of the west of America were populated by people with special sieves to aid their searches through the river bed - always with the hope to spot the flash of a nugget in the beating sun.

blog.php-1672Left: Royal yellow gold bracelet with diamonds
Right: Antique rose gold bracelet with enamel and diamonds, probably St. Petersburg circa 1900

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Left: Vintage ring, rose and white gold with pearl and diamonds

Right: White gold ring with diamonds (central diamond: 2.06 ct)

Today, China, Australia, Russia and the United States make up for most of the world's goldmines. 50% of 3100 tons of gold that is mined annually is sold to the jewellery market.

Sala Moyua Brancas' sale will take place on 12th July, 2017. Check out the full catalogue here.

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