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Application Of Pixe To The Study Of Renaissance Style Enamelled Gold Jewelry, Marianne Weldon, J. Carlson, S. Reedy, C. P. Swann Jan 1996

Application Of Pixe To The Study Of Renaissance Style Enamelled Gold Jewelry, Marianne Weldon, J. Carlson, S. Reedy, C. P. Swann

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This study examines and compares three pieces of Renaissance style gold and enameled jewelry owned by the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD, USA. These are a 16th century Hat Badge of Adam and Eve, a 19th century Fortitude Pendant and a Diana Pendant presumed to be of the 16th century (The Walters Art Gallery, Jewelry, Ancient to Modern (Viking, New York, 1979)), Ref. [1]. PIXE spectroscopy was applied to examine the elemental composition of the gold and of the enamels. Compositional differences, including the use of post-Renaissance colorants, were found between the enamels in separate regions of each of the ...