From France and dating to C.1910 or so (the Art Nouveau era), may I offer this stunning First Communion medal or pendant. Made of gold filled materials, this piece is from a large family of gold filled names that manufactured jewelry in France. While you may recognize the name FIX, this is from a sister company known as ORIA. Featuring Jesus, an Angel and a cup of wine, the medal is unengraved so can be used for the First Communion of a young boy or girl. Condition is excellent! The medal has been coated with a high carat layer of gold, usually 18K. No wear anywhere!
Metal Content: French gold filled items (under the trade names of FIX, ORIA & MURAT) were commonly known as the French version of English pinchbeck. This is a metal combination that has the look/appearance of 18K gold but has a rose gold underlay. If the yellow gold wears, the rose gold appears giving the pin the most unusual color combination. However, the yellow gold layer was usually so thick that this usually never happened. Some dealers argue that metal is a gold filled material, while others will say it's a high gold overlay over a secret formula base. Whatever anyone decides, it is what it is - a piece of jewelry that has already lasted for many, many years with no dark spots!
Hallmarks: ORIA on the bale and on the jump ring
Size: Medal itself measures 1-1/4" x 7/8".
Weight: 5.6 grams
Final Comments: Just needs the right chain to show it off (mine is for display purposes only).