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  1. #1
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    Meteorite Nut

    Mar 2009
    Florida
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    (SOLVED) Gold Tie or Lapel Pin with possible diamonds. What is it?

    Hi Folks!

    I found this nifty little thingmobob many years ago and it's been laying in one of my junk drawers ever since. With the price of gold going up, I figured it might be worth taking another look at it. After doing some searching on the web, I can't identify it. It looks like it might be military or police because it has a pair of chevrons on it.

    On the reverse side is an inscription that reads - 14K EMB and something that looks like CTO (logo?) and a little (r) registered symbol.

    It also has 2 small gemstones set in it that are either diamonds or cubic zirconia.

    Can anyone tell me what this is and what value it might have?

    Thanks in advance!

    MikeG
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  2. #2
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    us
    Jul 2009
    new jersey
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    Re: Gold Tie or Lapel Pin with possible diamonds. What is it?

    totally wild guess, but could it be for years of service ( in increments of five years for United Airlines for example, which uses diamonds and wings)
    johnnyi

  3. #3
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    Meteorite Nut

    Mar 2009
    Florida
    Tesoro Compadre
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    Re: Gold Tie or Lapel Pin with possible diamonds. What is it?

    Thanks Johnny. I never considered that it might be airline related.

    It weighs 1.76 grams, so it's gold value is probably small. But if the diamonds are real, it might be worth messing with.

    Best regards,

    MikeG
    Galactic Stone & Ironworks Meteorites - http://www.galactic-stone.com

  4. #4
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    us
    Jul 2009
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    Re: Gold Tie or Lapel Pin with possible diamonds. What is it?

    No , don't count on my guess here intergalactic dude. Like I said, very wild guess (with emphasis on "wild guess") .
    johnnyi

  5. #5
    us
    Dec 2004
    South Florida
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    Re: Gold Tie or Lapel Pin with possible diamonds. What is it?

    cTo is apparently a trademark. Heres another with the same backmark. http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-14K-YG-G...07151004r28282
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  6. #6
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    Meteorite Nut

    Mar 2009
    Florida
    Tesoro Compadre
    29

    Re: Gold Tie or Lapel Pin with possible diamonds. What is it?

    LOL. Well, your guess is as good as any I have heard yet.
    Galactic Stone & Ironworks Meteorites - http://www.galactic-stone.com

  7. #7
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    Jul 2009
    new jersey
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    Re: Gold Tie or Lapel Pin with possible diamonds. What is it?

    Ah! , my wild guess was correct. it is a pin for years of good service.
    johnnyi

  8. #8
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    us
    Jul 2009
    new jersey
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    Re: Gold Tie or Lapel Pin with possible diamonds. What is it?

    Galactic stone, you are too kind. I doubt if we'll have much luck narrowing it down to the company or (probably semi civilian) branch that used chevrons though, but we may!
    johnnyi

  9. #9
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    Meteorite Nut

    Mar 2009
    Florida
    Tesoro Compadre
    29

    Re: Gold Tie or Lapel Pin with possible diamonds. What is it?

    Nice catch Big Cypress Hunter!

    That is similar. So is it correct to assume that it's solid gold? I was wondering if EMB might mean it's electroplated or gold fill or something.

    I looked at the stones with a loupe, but I'm no gemologist, so I don't know if I am looking at a diamond or not. Given the size, I guess they might be a .25 carat each. If so, that's a half carat of diamond and that might be worth liquidating. That's what I am hoping.
    Galactic Stone & Ironworks Meteorites - http://www.galactic-stone.com

  10. #10

    Sep 2006
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    Re: Gold Tie or Lapel Pin with possible diamonds. What is it?

    Could the chevrons and stars (diamond stars) indicate a level that someone achieved in the martial arts?
    They would indicate progress and achievement in this sport. Maybe someone won a contest?


  11. #11
    us
    Dec 2004
    South Florida
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    Re: Gold Tie or Lapel Pin with possible diamonds. What is it?

    My guess is from the 1940's. http://vintagejewelryheaven.com/inde...ucts_id=104993


    T (CTO) *JEWELRY TRADEMARK USED BY O.C. TANNER JEWELRY CO., SALT LAKE CITY, UT FOR FRATERNAL JEWELRY SINCE 1940

    http://www.tace.com/vendors/bjarrett/OJAT.html

    Incorporated 1927 http://www.fundinguniverse.com/compa...y-History.html

  12. #12
    us
    Dec 2004
    South Florida
    70's Whites TM Amphibian, HH Pulse, Ace 250
    24,061
    857 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting

    Re: Gold Tie or Lapel Pin with possible diamonds. What is it?

    After reading the links, I conclude its an Employee Recognition Pin 1945-1955? era. I dont know what EMB means.

  13. #13

    Sep 2006
    Tesoro Sand Shark "See God In All Things"
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    Re: Gold Tie or Lapel Pin with possible diamonds. What is it?

    Bigcypresshunter...hats off to you!
    Yes...that makes perfect sense...you are simply amazing!

  14. #14
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    Re: Gold Tie or Lapel Pin with possible diamonds. What is it?

    Looks like a "chevron" gas symbol. No two diamonds are alike so, if Diamonds are real you will amost always see "clouds" or inclusions.

  15. #15
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    monty

    Jan 2005
    Sand Springs, OK
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    Re: Gold Tie or Lapel Pin with possible diamonds. What is it?

    Corporal chevron symbol given to a service member or police officer as a congratulatory item on a promotion? Monty
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