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c1900 Gold & Ruby Africa Southern Cross Brooch Pendant

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Victorian: Pre 1920   item# 365356

c1900 Gold & Ruby Africa Southern Cross Brooch Pendant
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From an estate in Scotland, this antique brooch is truly remarkable! It must have been a treasured keepsake of travels in Africa circa 1900. Arrayed around the engraved map of the African subcontinent are gems that appear to represent the constellation Crux (the Southern Cross, with two stones for the stars that orbit one another and appear to be only one). I believe these are rubies, but they could be garnets of unusually rich red color; certainly they're beautifully faceted to flash lots of fire.

Based on the open C clasp, probable dating would be 19th or very early 20th century, thus Late Victorian or Edwardian. Fittings at the rear also include a loop from which the jewel can be suspended from a chain or ribbon and worn as a stunning necklace pendant. Condition, as you see, is extremely fine and size is approximately 1 3/4" x 1 1/2".

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Rare Edwardian Rose Gold Ruby & Pearl Kangaroo Brooch

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Edwardian: Pre 1910   item# 365336

Rare Edwardian Rose Gold Ruby & Pearl Kangaroo Brooch
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I was so charmed by an Art Nouveau kangaroo brooch we recently acquired (and sold in a twinkling) that I decided to see if it was possible to get anything like it without going to Australia. Well, a source in Scotland found this treasure! It not only features a wonderfully whimsical kanga, but is crafted from rose gold set with a genuine sea pearl and a nicely faceted ruby or red spinel.

No doubt this was a cherished memento of a visit Down Under about 100 years ago. It was sold to us as Edwardian, but could as easily be Late Victorian. Given its dainty size, about 1" x 3/4", it would have been crafted for a young lady. Large jewelry was considered vulgar on unmarried women in those days. All fittings are original and perfectly right for the dating - notice the open C clasp and elongated pinstem - and rose gold was the most fashionable of metals circa 1900. Condition, as you see, is absolutely brilliant.

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Stunning Belais 14K White Gold Cufflinks c 1920

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Accessories: Cufflinks: Pre 1930   item# 363076

Stunning Belais 14K White Gold Cufflinks c 1920
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These antique double-sided, hexagonal cuff links from a Missouri estate are intricately engraved with geometric designs and ornate edges. Though dating from around 1920, they're in lovely condition. Clearly, they've seen very little wear.

Connectors are marked H W K Co and each link, signed 14K Gold Front, bears the legendary name BELAIS. When you possess a piece marked 'Belais,' quite simply you own the best of the best, because the Belais brothers were the *gods* of white gold jewelry in the early 20th century (circa 1900-1930). This is one of their earlier designs, based on the style of the connectors, one side of which swivels while the other stays fixed.

We're fortunate now to have several Belais items in stock; to see the others, please search our catalog (using the term Belais).

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Victorian Reverse Carved Essex Crystal Scotty Dog Pin

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Victorian: Pre 1900   item# 360426

Victorian Reverse Carved Essex Crystal Scotty Dog Pin
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Queen Victoria's passion for animals and Balmoral combined to popularize Scotties as pets - and this antique brooch is a charming example of the craze. The dog is rendered three-dimensionally, paint having been laid in depressions carved into rock crystal, and the dimensionality is accentuated by silver highlights on his black fur. Even the grass on which he stands is nicely detailed in blended shades of green and blades are meticulously incised.

The graceful mounting comprised of three circles framing the bezel is certainly original. With the old open C clasp and elongated pinstem indicative of great age, it's of rolled gold or gilt that shows some wear but retains quite a lot of sparkle. Only under high magnification is it possible to see a couple of flaws or fissures deep in the crystal, but there's no surface damage at all. Overall size is 1 3/4" long by 3/4" wide, the crystal is about half an inch round, origin is probably English and the provenance of this jewel is fascinating. It came from the New York estate of a gentleman who ran a jewelry store in the early 20th century, and kept the most remarkable finds for his own collection.

As you probably know, Essex crystals are highly coveted today and prices are rocketing. Elsewhere online, $325 is being charged for a dog's head in a crystal this size, mounted on a stickpin that isn't even original. Because we got a great deal on this treasure, we enjoy the chance to pass unusual savings along.

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Very Ornate Early BELAIS 14K Gold Cufflinks

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Edwardian: Pre 1920   item# 356575

Very Ornate Early BELAIS 14K Gold Cufflinks
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Even if you already have a pair of wonderful white gold cufflinks by the legendary Belais Brothers, you may need these, too. Their design motif is one of the most elaborate I've ever seen from this company. It repeats four times, since the links are double-ended, and all details are as clear and crisp as on the day these were made. I expect that day was in 1920 or even earlier, based on the type of connectors used and the styling, which is more Edwardian in spirit than Art Deco. Each of the four heads bears the "Belais 14K White Gold Front" stamp and measures 1/2" X 5/8". Provenance is a New York estate. You'd have to look a long time to find another pair of antique cufflinks this stunning and in such lovely condition. There's even an unused space for a monogram on each link.

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Victorian Art Nouveau Green Art Glass Pendant Necklace

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Art Nouveau: Pre 1910   item# 352018

Victorian Art Nouveau Green Art Glass Pendant Necklace
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From a Boston estate, this spectacular antique necklace features a beautfully detailed and highly dimensional pendant measuring about 2 inches by 1 1/2 inches and half an inch deep, crowned by a huge bezel-set cabochon of marbled green Peking or Czech glass. The setting has a floral and foliate pattern that screams Art Nouveau and the metal is silver in color - but tarnish-free, so the surface is apparently of rhodium or chromium, one of those hard-wearing, easy-care metals from the platinum family. The 21-inch chain fitted with a gorgeous filigree clasp seems to be original.

Condition is so fabulous that I thought at first this was a Victorian Revival piece from the 1920s or so, a couple of decades younger than the style suggests. However, after looking closely at the quality of the glass, at minute losses of plating evident under high magnification and at the lovely clasp (not at typical of the Deco period, when simple spring-rings were commonplace), I'm more inclined to date it circa 1900. In this case, it's been marvelously cared for. Regardless of its exact age, this is an enchanting jewel of impressive size.

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Charming Art Nouveau Revival Fairy or Angel Brooch

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Unsigned: Pre 1940   item# 348369

Charming Art Nouveau Revival Fairy or Angel Brooch
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Of decidedly Art Nouveau Victorian design, this enchanting brooch betrays its somewhat younger age only when you look at the findings on the back. It's a fabulous value, because it dates from one of the Revival periods - probably the 1920s or 1930s, based on the extent of wear on the reverse, including small spots of verdigris that suggest the gilding was applied over a copper alloy, which wouldn't have been likely later. The front, as you see, is in marvelous condition. It takes high magnification to notice any sign of wear at all.

The wings behind the beautiful lady's head tell us she's either a fairy or an angel. Interpreting her as the former, you'll enjoy the jewel year-round - but it's also a perfect Christmas angel pin for the holiday season. Size is a can't-miss-it 1 3/4" by 1 1/2" and provenance is a New Mexico estate. Size is a can't-miss-it 1 3/4" by 1 1/2" and provenance is a New Mexico estate.

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Vintage Fairy Earrings Art Nouveau Revival c 1960

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Unsigned: Pre 1980   item# 348363

Vintage Fairy Earrings Art Nouveau Revival c 1960
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What charmers these vintage earrings are. The swirling, organic forms typical of Art Nouveau design not only frame but crown the heads of the adorable fairies. Their hair seems to be made of blossoms.

Whenever I look at these, I think of the fairies in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," my favorite Shakespeare play -- and no doubt the motif was originally created around 1900, when there was a craze for illustrating "Shakespeare's Flowers" in fairy form. However, the earrings date from a later Revival period. The first took place in the Art Deco era, but these are in such fabulous condition that I expect they're from the second Revival in the 1960s. Without high magnification, you can't notice any surface wear to the richly gilded brass. Crafted with posts for pierced ears, these come from a New Mexico estate and are of dramatic size: almost 2" wide by 1" tall. If they were true Victorian Art Nouveau jewels, of course they'd cost at least $100 more.

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2 HUGE Deco 10k Gold Feather Brooches, Green Stones

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Deco: Pre 1930   item# 344080

2 HUGE Deco 10k Gold Feather Brooches, Green Stones
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Designed to be complementary rather than identical, these dramatic antique brooches from a Florida estate are crafted of 10k gold (unmarked but tested) and set with 6 sparkling emerald crystals. They're whoppers, each brooch measuring about 4 inches tall, but nicely lightweight so perfectly safe to wear on your delicate fabrics. I feel confident they're hand-crafted.

Condition, as you see, is lovely - showing only minor evidence of wear on close inspection. Probable dating would be circa 1930, although they have the wonderful old "C" clasp that normally suggests Victorian origin.

Price is for the pair - a fabulous deal for two of the most spectacular, high-quality antique pins you'll see anywhere! Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Rare Amazing Victorian Art Nouveau Kangaroo Brooch

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Art Nouveau: Pre 1900   item# 344077

Rare Amazing Victorian Art Nouveau Kangaroo Brooch
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The Victorians were great fans of world travel, as you know, so this endearing antique brooch is most likely a memento of a visit Down Under during the 1890s or so. It reached us from a Florida estate in cherished condition and brings a grin to my face, every time I look at it.

As you see, it's gorgeously made. The kanga resides amid a bounty of applied leaves and tendrils, all worked in repousse and lavishly textured, and the gilding appears to be very high carat gold. All fittings are original and perfectly right for the 19th century dating; notice the open C clasp and elongated pinstem. Size is about 1 3/8" x 1 1/8".

I've never before seen anything remotely like this darling and doubt that another will come along soon, if at all. If you love Art Nouveau, it could well be the star of your collection.

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